Lee, Curry not enough to get past Bulls in Chicago
Golden State opens trip with lopsided loss
Published: Friday, January 25, 2013 at 3:00 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 25, 2013 at 9:06 p.m.
CHICAGO -- The Warriors started their four-game road trip with a momentum-killing stinker of a performance.
After back-to-back home wins over two of the best teams in the league, Golden State was worked over by the host Bulls, 103-87.
Forward David Lee led the Warriors (26-16) with 23 points and six rebounds. Point guard Stephen Curry had 21 points in 36 minutes. But Golden State shot just 34.6 percent and never got anything going offensively. On top of that, the Warriors defense was unusually giving.
Chicago (26-16) hovered around 50 percent shooting most of the game and controlled the pace of the action. The Bulls had three players post double-doubles. Center Joakim Noah and forwards Carlos Boozer and Jimmy Butler combined for 45 points and 41 rebounds.
Things were bad from the start for Golden State, who missed 11 of its first 14 shots. By the end of the opening quarter, the Warriors were down 31-13 after shooting 5 of 22 from the field (22.7 percent) and allowing the Bulls to make better than half their shots.
The deficit got as high as 26 before the Warriors finally showed some life.
After a dunk by Chicago Bozzer made the score 56-30, Lee started a 12-0 run with a three-point play inside. Curry capped the spurt with a 3-pointer to cut Chicago's lead to 56-42 with 2:55 left in the first half.
The Warriors trailed by 13 at the break The deficit was down to 65-55 after Curry drilled a 3-pointer, then set up Klay Thompson for a layup.
But Chicago closed the quarter with a run to repad its cushion. A Nate Robinson jumper sent the Warriors into the fourth quarter down 84-66. The Bulls then opened the fourth with a couple more baskets to push the lead back to 20.
Before the five-minute mark of the fourth, Warriors coach Mark Jackson had sat his starters.
The Warriors will see a former teammate when they travel to Milwaukee to face Bucks today. This will be Golden State's first trip to Milwaukee since trading star guard Monta Ellis to the Bucks last March.
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