Game 41: Chicago Bulls (24-17) lose to Golden State Warriors (39-4), 125-94
January 20, 2016
United Center – Chicago
The Warriors were their usual dominant selves in their win over the Bulls Wednesday night, but, for about half a quarter, the Bulls actually made it a contest.
Derrick Rose scored 10 of the Bulls’ first 12 points on 5-for-6 shooting in six minutes, enough to trail by just one point. Once Rose made his way to the bench, though, the Warriors took advantage, going on a 21-6 run to end the first quarter with a 34-18 lead.
The Bulls couldn’t really cut away on the deficit in the second quarter either. Jimmy Butler finally got going in the third quarter, but it was just him going to work: He scored 15 of the Bulls’ 19 third-quarter points. All in all, the Warriors were just too much for the Bulls to handle — just like most of the league has discovered. The Bulls couldn’t keep up the pace on either ends of the court to stop the reigning champions.
Player of the Game
Curry had a near triple-double of 25 points, a team-high, on 8-of-18 shooting, 11 assists and seven rebounds in 24 minutes. He only made a third of his 3-point attempts, but he was perfect from the line, making all six of his free throws.
The Bulls may have some good 3-point shooters, but none of them really showed up Wednesday night. The entire team combined for 20 3-point attempts, and only one of them fell from none other than Aaron Brooks. They Bulls relied too heavily on 3-pointers when those weren’t falling instead of trying to find high-percentage shots, making it so they ended the night making 37 of their 100 field goal attempts.
The Warriors’ 38 assists were more than the Bulls’ 37 made field goals, and, of those 37 makes, only 14 — not even half — were assisted on. That large differential in assists between the two teams just goes to show how much more smoothly the offense was for Golden State as opposed to Chicago.
Matchup of the Game Result
Derrick Rose versus Stephen Curry
Curry may have gotten the win and ended the game with a nicer overall stat line, but Rose was the game’s leading scorer at 29 points on 12-for-22 from the field in 30 minutes. Rose played very aggressively and didn’t settle for too many shots outside of the paint.
The Bulls travel to Boston for a Friday night matchup against the Boston Celtics.
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