CHICAGO (AP) – When the Splash Brothers are making their pictures, even Kevin Durant is content material with a supporting position.
Such is life for the Golden State Warriors.
Klay Thompson scored 38 factors, Stephen Curry added 30 and the Warriors beat the Chicago Bulls 119-112 on Wednesday evening for his or her franchise record-tying 14th straight street win.
“It was an old-school Splash Brother recreation,” coach Steve Kerr stated.
The “Splash Brothers” nickname for Thompson and Curry has pale in prominence since Durant joined the duo earlier than final season, however the sharpshooting guards can nonetheless placed on a present. Thompson was 7 for 13 from Three-point vary and Curry was 6 for 11 from behind the arc; no different participant made a Three for the Warriors.
“Once they obtained it going like that, you simply play your position and know your house, man,” Durant stated.
Durant had 19 factors, eight rebounds and 7 assists as Golden State moved right into a tie for the third-longest street profitable streak in a season in NBA historical past. The Los Angeles Lakers maintain the report with 16 straight street wins through the 1971-72 season.
Subsequent up for the NBA-leading Warriors (37-9) is a prime-time showdown with Houston on Saturday within the finale of a five-game journey.
“It will be a really powerful recreation Saturday, most likely the hardest of the journey,” Thompson stated, “and if we may go undefeated on this street journey that might be unimaginable.”
Nikola Mirotic scored 24 factors for Chicago, which dropped to 14-Eight since its Three-20 begin. Robin Lopez scored 12 of his 16 factors within the first half, and Kris Dunn additionally had 16.
“We performed three quarters of actually good basketball, however you are taking one off towards a crew like this, you are not going to win,” coach Fred Hoiberg stated.
The Warriors performed with out Draymond Inexperienced and Andre Iguodala attributable to accidents, and Jordan Bell sprained his left ankle when he challenged Lopez’s dunk on the Bulls’ first possession. Bell stayed down for some time after which was helped to his toes. He tried to place stress on his leg and grimaced earlier than he opted for a wheelchair experience off the court docket.
The 23-year-old Bell was chosen by the Bulls within the second spherical of the June draft after which dealt to the Warriors for monetary issues. X-rays had been adverse, however he was utilizing crutches and a strolling boot after the win and may have an MRI on Thursday.
“It was positively method worse than a traditional sprain,” Bell stated. “Like I stated, I believed I broke it.”
Thompson and Curry led the way in which as Golden State outscored Chicago 32-12 within the third quarter to open a 95-78 lead. Curry made a tiebreaking Three-pointer with 9:23 left within the interval, sparking a 19-Zero run for the Warriors.
The Bulls made a late cost, closing to 112-107 on Dunn’s fast-break dunk with 2:55 left. Dunn landed awkwardly on the play and his face slammed into the ground. He was being evaluated for a attainable concussion after the loss.
The NBA champion Warriors responded with Thompson’s driving layup and a three-point play for Durant. Thompson additionally made two foul pictures with 17.four seconds left to assist Golden State safe the win.
Bulls guard Zach LaVine had 5 factors on 2-for-12 taking pictures in his third recreation of the season after recovering from left knee surgical procedure. He has been on a minutes restriction, however the plan is to re-evaluate the scenario at this level for attainable prolonged motion.
“We’ll get along with the medical workers tomorrow and we’ll map out a plan transferring ahead for the following week,” Hoiberg stated. “He feels nice and I believe had an amazing first three video games for us.”
Warriors: Inexperienced is coping with proper shoulder soreness, and Iguodala has a bruised left calf. … F Omri Casspi performed for the primary time in every week after being sidelined by decrease again soreness. Casspi was out there for Golden State’s win at Cleveland, however Kerr held him out. “I wasn’t comfy enjoying him but, as a result of he hadn’t actually performed sufficient with that dangerous again,” Kerr stated. “I am just a little delicate to dangerous backs. I needed him to get a very good exercise (on Tuesday).”
Bulls: Hoiberg had lunch with Kerr after he obtained the job with Chicago. “I believe the world of Steve,” stated Hoiberg, who’s in his third season with the Bulls. “He is been nice to me since I have been within the league.” … The Bulls misplaced 143-94 at Golden State of their first assembly of the season on Nov. 24.
Warriors: Cut up their first two video games this season towards the Rockets, shedding 122-121 at dwelling on Oct. 17 and profitable 124-114 at Houston on Jan. four.
Bulls: Open a three-game journey Saturday at Atlanta. Additionally they go to New Orleans and Philadelphia subsequent week.
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