The Warriors broke out of their rut in a huge way, pulling away early after dropping four of five. It was just the sort of breather they needed coming off a lopsided loss at defending champion Milwaukee the previous night.
The Warriors set an NBA record for the largest halftime swing on consecutive days since the NBA started keeping these records.
The Warriors led the Bulls by 31 at halftime tonight. Yesterday, Golden State trailed the Bucks by 39 at the break.
The 70-point halftime swing is the largest for any team in consecutive days in the shot-clock era (since 1954-55).
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) January 15, 2022
The Bulls lost star Zach LaVine to a left knee injury in the opening minutes. They got booed off the court trailing 78-47 at halftime and wound up with their worst loss this season.
Wiggins scored 20 in the first half and shot 8 of 11 in the game. Curry shook off a slow start in a total turnaround for the Warriors after they trailed 77-38 at halftime in Milwaukee on Thursday.
What a pass by Andre to D-Lee 😲 pic.twitter.com/BYmhaJHCvt
— Warriors on NBCS (@NBCSWarriors) January 15, 2022
Nikola Vucevic had 19 points and 14 rebounds for Chicago. Coby White added 20 points, and DeMar DeRozan scored 17.But the Bulls lost for the third time in four games after winning nine straight to match their best streak since the end of the end of the 2010-11 regular season.
Things took an alarming turn for them when LaVine — who tore the ACL in his left knee playing for Minnesota in February 2017 — walked gingerly toward the locker room with 8:28 left in the first quarter. The All-Star and Olympic gold medalist never went to the ground.
From there, things didn’t get any better for the Bulls.
After hanging with Kevin Durant and the Nets into the third quarter before Brooklyn blew them out two nights earlier, they were never really in this one.
The Warriors led 37-28 through the first quarter despite just two points from Curry, then outscored Chicago 41-19 in the second. The 78 points were the most in a half for Golden State this season and the most allowed by the Bulls.
Curry scored the first six points in an 11-0 run that Wiggins finished with a driving bank shot, making it 54-33 with about 7 minutes left in the half.
The Warriors rested Thompson as planned after he played 20 minutes at Milwaukee in his third game back. They plan to “bump him up a little bit” when they visit Minnesota on Sunday, coach Steve Kerr said. The five-time All-Star missed 2 1/2 years because of a torn anterior cruciate ligament and an Achilles tendon injury.