Curry leads Warriors to 99-91 win over Bulls

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Curry leads Warriors to 99-91 win over Bulls

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Player of the game: Stephen Curry was a model of efficiency against the Bulls, scoring 21 points on just 12 field goal attempts. Curry finished with 10 assists and seven rebounds, but left the game midway through the fourth quarter after tweaking his right ankle for the second time in three games.He is listed as day-to-day.I thought he was great, Warriors coach Mark Jackson said of Curry. I thought he did an outstanding job responding to the critics the critics who were 100 percent right to critique him in the first place. Great players bounce back and he certainly did that.

Curry went just 2-for-12 from the floor and committed five turnovers in the Warriors season-opening loss to the Clippers on Sunday night.Key stretch: The Warriors established control midway through the first quarter, turning a 16-16 tie into a 46-27 advantage. The Warriors did it at the defensive end, controlling Derrick Rose and turning Chicago over numerous times.The Warriors made that lead hold up for the entire game, and it provided them a buffer when the Bulls made a run in the fourth quarter.No. 1 for Jackson: It was career victory No. 1 for Mark Jackson on Monday night.I talked to the guys afterwards, Jackson said. It means something because I dreamed of this moment. I told the guys though that I didnt see the fellows in uniform. But I thank God it was them. Because of their commitment, their focus, their dedication. Im proud of that group. This win is theirs.
Defensive improvement: After allowing 64 second-half points to the Clippers on Sunday, the Warriors had a stellar defensive first half against the Bulls and not a bad second half, either.Golden State forced the Bulls into 14 first-half turnovers, leading to 16 points, and it all went toward helping the Warriors lead 57-41 at the half.RELATED: CSNChicago.com -- Turnovers crush Bulls in Oakland
The Bulls shot a respectable percentage through 24 minutes 46.2 percent but they simply gave away too many possessions. Rose struggles: For the second year in a row, Bulls point guard Derrick Rose had a subpar game at Oracle. Last season, Rose had just 14 points on 6-for-15 shooting and nine turnovers as the Warriors beat the Bulls 101-90.On Monday, Rose had just 13 points on 4-for-17 from the field.Ellis bounce-back: After suffering through a 6-for-19 shooting night against the Clippers on Sunday, Monta Ellis turned things around immediately against Chicago. Ellis almost singlehandedly got the Warriors off to a nice start, scoring 13 points in the first quarter as Golden State took a 30-22 lead.Ellis finished with a game-high 26 points on 10-of-17 from the field, and when Curry left the game midway through the fourth because of an ankle tweak, Ellis carried most of the offensive load.Tight beginning: The game was very close for more than half of the first quarter. In fact the game was tied at 2-2, 4-4, 6-6, 8-8, 10-10, 12-12, 14-14 and 16-16 before Warriors ripped off six straight to go up 22-16.

Durant questionable for Monday's game in Philadelphia

Durant questionable for Monday's game in Philadelphia

Kevin Durant's status for Monday's game in Philadelphia remains up in the air.

The Warriors forward, who missed his first game of the season on Saturday, is listed as questionable for the team's game against the 76ers.

Prior to the game against the Nets, head coach Steve Kerr told the media that Durant's left hand was "still a little swollen" and called the injury a "day-to-day" thing.

Without Durant, the Warriors still managed to cruise to a 112-95 win over Brooklyn.

Durant injured his left pinky in the opening minutes against the Clippers on Thursday. He remained in the game, but late in the first quarter, he retreated to the locker room with a member of the training staff.

He returned to the game after X-rays came back negative. He played 34 minutes and finished with 25 points, 15 rebounds and seven assists.

 

Report: Bogut expected to join Cavs after 76ers buyout

Report: Bogut expected to join Cavs after 76ers buyout

It appears Andrew Bogut is set to see what the view is like from the other side of the NBA's top rivalry.

Traded by Dallas to Philadelphia on Thursday, the former Warriors center will receive a contract buyout from the 76ers and then join the Cleveland Cavaliers for the stretch run, according to ESPN.

On Saturday, the Cavs, Spurs and Rockets were all reported to have interest in Bogut if he was made available following a buyout.

Injuries have derailed Bogut's season. He appeared in just 26 games with the Mavericks this season and averaged 3 points, 8.3 rebounds and 1 block per contest.

Bogut was part of the two Warriors teams that faced the Cavs in the last two NBA Finals matchups.

Bogut's tenure with the Warriors came to an end on July 7, 2016 when he was traded to Dallas in order for Golden State to clear salary cap space to sign Kevin Durant.