Instant Replay: Warriors overcome slow start to beat Bulls

Instant Replay: Warriors overcome slow start to beat Bulls
February 6, 2014, 10:00 pm
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Stephen Curry is 64 of 119 (53.8 percent) from the floor over the past six games, including 24 of 45 (53.3 percent) from 3-point distance. (USATSI)

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OAKLAND – The Warriors overcame another slow start, storming back to put away the Chicago Bulls 102-87 on Thursday night at Oracle Arena.

Stephen Curry scored 34 points to lead four Warriors in double figures. Klay Thompson added 21, while Jordan Crawford and Harrison Barnes each came off the bench to put in 11 in Mark Jackson's 100th career coaching win.

The Bulls opened the game in a spring, shooting 60 percent and taking a 29-16 first-quarter lead. The Warriors (30-20) thereafter cranked up the defense, holding Chicago (24-25) to 35 percent shooting over the final three quarters.

Despite playing without injured starters Andrew Bogut (shoulder) and David Lee (shoulder and hip), the Warriors forced 15 Bulls turnovers, scoring 23 points off those giveaways.

The Warriors have won 12 of the past 15 games against Chicago at Oracle.

Forward Taj Gibson scored 26 points, leading four Bulls who scored in double figures.

STANDOUT PERFORMER: Curry continued his offensive roll, burying shots from all over the floor and finishing one assist short of his league-leading seventh 30-10 game. He made 13 of 19 shots, including 4 of 6 from 3-point range.

After a slow start to the season by his standards, Curry's deadeye shot is back. He's 64 of 119 (53.8 percent) from the floor over the past six games, including 24 of 45 (53.3 percent) from 3-point distance.

Barnes missed his first six shots, then made his last four, including three 3-point bombs. Is this a sign of revival, or another false start?

Crawford was active off the bench, nailing a crucial late 3-pointer to extinguish a Bulls rally.

TURNING POINT: Down 56-54 with 8:25 left in the third quarter, the Warriors went on a 20-10 run to take a 74-66 lead with 2:25 left in the quarter. The Bulls never got closer than six the rest of the way.

HOT STAT: Curry and Thompson each made 3-pointers for the 30th consecutive game, a record for teammates, according to folks at Elias Sports.

INJURY UPDATE: F David Lee (shoulder, hip) is doubtful. C Andrew Bogut (shoulder) is probable. C Festus Ezeli (right knee surgery) and G Nemanja Nedovic (strained left hamstring) are out indefinitely.

WHAT'S NEXT: The Warriors leave Friday afternoon for Phoenix, where on Saturday they play the Suns at US Airways Arena. Thought the teams have split two meetings this season, the Warriors have won seven of the last eight games.