Chicago Bulls 94 Golden State Warriors 87

Posted: March 3, 2017 by Sports Time Radio in basketball, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized
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Even though it was a home game for the Chicago Bulls it has to be considered an upset that they beat the best team in the NBA (record wise) the Golden State Warriors 94-87 Thursday night.

This is the first time since April of 2015 that Golden State has lost back to back games. That time the Warriors lost to those two games in a row one was to the San Antonio Spurs and the other was to the New Orleans Pelicans. Both of those games where on the road like both of these losses were. The Warriors first lost was on Tuesday night 112-108 to the Washington Wizards. This also happened to be the first full game Golden State played without the injured Kevin Durant.

This game was broadcast national on TNT. In an odd stat the Bulls have won 18 straight home games that where shown on TNT and have won 19 games in a row that where televised on TNT. An even stranger fact to this streak. The last team to beat the Bulls on TNT was now Bulls player Dwayne Wade’s Miami Heat back in February of 2013.

The game was tied six different times in the 1st quarter. The last time was at 15 all with 3:13 left in the 1st quarter. After a Rajon Rondo turnover Golden State went on a 11 to 4 run to end the quarter and take a 26-19 lead at the end of the 1st quarter.

After Matt Barnes hit a lay up Golden State had it’s first double digit lead of the game at 34-24 with 7:50 left in the quarter. Chicago used a 10 to 2 run to cut the Warriors lead to just two points at 36-34 with 5:22 left to play in the quarter. The Warriors built a six point lead two different times the rest of the quarter, but after Jimmy Butler hit two free throws to end the quarter the Warriors had a 51-47 lead going into halftime.

Golden State was able to maintain the lead until Jerian Grant hit a 3-pointer with 8:25 left in the quarter to give the Bulls a 59-58 lead. The Warriors were able to take the lead back, but the Bulls then tied the game at 65 all. Chicago finished the quarter on a 14 to 8 run to take a 79-73 lead after three quarters.

Now you would think down just six points that this is the type of game the Warriors would come back to win. It didn’t go that way for them in this game. Both teams combined for just 29 points; that’s right combined! The Bulls put up 15 points while the Warriors managed just 14 points in the 4th quarter. Golden State actually took the lead one time in the 4th quarter, but couldn’t hold it as the Bulls where able to hang onto to get a 94-87 win.

Jimmy Butler made all 10 of his free throws on his way to being the Bulls high scorer in the game with 22 points. Bobby Portis posted a double-double with 17 points and a game high 13 rebounds. Dwayne Wade scored 12 points while Robin Lopez added 10 points. Cristiano Felicio grabbed 11 rebounds off the Bulls bench while Butler was the teams leader in assists with 6.

Steph Curry was the games high scorer with 23 points. Klay Thompson scored 13 points; Draymond Green scored 12 points handed out a game high 7 assists and grabbed a team high 8 rebounds. Patrick McCaw starting in place of the injured Kevin Durant scored 11 points. Andre Igoudala came off the Golden State bench to score 10 points.

With the win the Bulls go a game over .500 at 31-30. Chicago will have another nationally televised game, but this time it’s on ABC. The Bulls will host the 36-24 Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday night. This was the 4th of a 6 game road trip for the Warriors. Golden State will have a couple of days off before they try to break their two game losing streak Sunday afternoon when they face the 25-36 New York Knicks.

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