When the Chicago Bulls took on the Golden State Warriors two months ago, there was reason to think the Bulls could actually steal a win from the then-undefeated reigning NBA champions. The Bulls didn’t give much reason to think similarly Wednesday night, though.
The Bulls fell to the Warriors, 125-94. While it was clearly a blowout game for the visiting Warriors, the Bulls put up a good fight early on. Or rather, Derrick Rose did.
Rose was in attack mode from the get-go. He exploded for 10 points on 5-of-6 shooting in six minutes before heading to the bench. He actually kept the Bulls in the game with his performance — the Bulls were down 13-12 when Rose was subbed out of the game, and Rose had all but two of the Bulls’ points.
It wasn’t until Rose went to the bench that the Warriors really got going. They responded to the Rose-less Bulls by going on 21-6 run and building up double-digit lead to end the first quarter. The Warriors had started to run away with the game while the Bulls struggled to score.
Rose started the second quarter, though, and picked up where he left off. It wasn’t long, however, until Rose returned to the bench and immediately headed to the tunnel to ride the stationary bike. Jimmy Butler checked in for him, and the Bulls actually manged to go on a 7-0 run: Doug McDermott dunked over Shaun Livingston, Bobby Portis hit a jumper, and Aaron Brooks knocked down a 3-pointer. That run wasn’t enough, though, and the Bulls just couldn’t keep up.
Both teams went into a bit of a scoring drought following the Bulls’ run, but the Warriors came out of it stronger outscoring the Bulls 10-7.
When the Bulls opened up the third quarter, another Bull stepped up to get his team back in the game: Butler scored 15 points in the period, but it was all him. Only two other players scored in the period to combine for the four points that gave the Bulls their 19 third-quarter points: Portis and Rose. It was good for Butler to get going, but it wasn’t enough for just him to get going. Those 19 points weren’t enough to make it a game again.
Those woes continued on into the final period despite the Bulls scoring 31 points in the fourth. They couldn’t stop the Warriors from scoring or even slow them down a little bit. In fact, the Warriors scored the most points in the fourth quarter at 38, besting their first-quarter total of 31 points.
The Bulls, now 24-17, got up 100 field goal attempts — five more then their opponents — but just 37 were makes, and only four Bulls scored in double digits: Butler (23), E’Twaun Moore (13), Portis (16) and Rose (29). The Warriors, on the other hand, had six of their players score in double figures and were an efficient 50-for-95 from the field for the entire course of the game.
Ashley is the owner/editor of The Bulls Charge. Follow her on Twitter at @wijangco12.