Stephen Curry’s 40-point night carries Warriors past Bulls
Stephen Curry connected on nine 3-pointers and scored 40 points Friday night as the Golden State Warriors completed a franchise-record-tying, eight-game homestand with a 119-93 blowout win over the Chicago Bulls in San Francisco.
Andrew Wiggins had 15 points, Kevon Looney grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds and Draymond Green turned in another strong all-around game for the Warriors, who opened their 16-day homestand with a loss to the Memphis Grizzlies before rattling off seven straight wins.
Zach LaVine had 23 points and DeMar DeRozan 18 for the Bulls, who began a five-game trip without Nikola Vucevic after the big man tested positive for COVID-19 earlier in the week.
Attempting to extend a two-game winning streak, the Bulls came out firing, going up 24-14 on the second of consecutive 3-pointers by Ayo Dosunmu.
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However, the Warriors tightened the defensive screws at that point, limiting Chicago to five points over the remaining 3:18 of the period, then to a total of just 33 points in the middle two quarters while taking command.
Curry, who had a 50-point game Monday against the Atlanta Hawks, connected on nine of his 17 3-point attempts and 15 of 24 shots in all. He also had five assists and four rebounds in 34 minutes.
The 40-point game was the 52nd of his career. Curry has made nine or more 3-pointers 36 times, an NBA record. James Harden and Damian Lillard are tied for the second-most such games in NBA history with nine.
Jordan Poole chipped in with 14 points, while Green, who had been questionable for the game with a bruised right thigh, contributed nine points, nine rebounds and a game-high seven assists.
Gary Payton II had three of Golden State’s 15 steals to complement eight points and five rebounds.
En route to its NBA-best 11th win in 12 games, Golden State shot 15-for-46 (32.6 percent) from 3-point range, outscoring the visitors 45-24 from beyond the arc. Chicago made just eight of its 27 3-point attempts.
LaVine had two 3-pointers on four attempts, but teammates Lonzo Ball and DeRozan combined to go just 2-for-10 from beyond the arc.
Ball finished with five points, three rebounds, three assists and a game-high four steals.