No joke, I honestly thought the Bulls may keep the Warriors semi-close on Monday night. The Warriors were finishing up a road trip and playing their third game in four nights. I thought they may be sluggish and would fool around with the Bulls before winning in comfortable enough fashion.
Well, the champs certainly fooled around by making it look like they were running a light practice in a 149-124 drubbing. The 149 points is the most the Bulls have ever allowed at home and the fifth-most in franchise history.
The Warriors put forth one of the most breathtaking displays of offense I’ve ever seen in my life in the first half. They scored an absolutely ridiculous 92 points and hit 17 3-pointers to take a 42-point lead into the break:
The Warriors' 92 points on the #Bulls in the first half are the second-most ever scored in the first half of any game NBA history, per @bball_ref.— Cody Westerlund (@CodyWesterlund) October 30, 2018
The Suns scored 107 in a first half against the Nuggets in 1990.
Klay Thompson entered the game having made five 3-pointers all season, and he promptly made six triples in the first quarter en route to a record-setting night. Thompson finished the night with 52 points (36 in the first half) in 27 minutes and hit 14 3-pointers on 24 attempts, beating Stephen Curry’s previous record of 13 3-pointers in the game.
Ironically enough, it was Curry hunting shots for Thompson in the third quarter to try to get Klay the record. The Bulls’ defense was embarrassing all night, but it was especially pitiful in the third quarter as the Warriors made it a point to get Thompson shots. Klay got wide-open look after wide-open look even though it was obvious what the Dubs were trying to do. Thompson even missed three in a row at one point before finally hitting his 14th triple and then leaving for the night shortly after. It took a while before Neil and Stacey realized Thompson had broken the record, but maybe that’s because they were so appalled by the Bulls’ dreadful defense that they didn’t even realize it. They certainly didn’t hesitate to call out the suck.
Curry had 23 points on 7-of-9 shooting, with all of those points coming in the first half as he spent the second half getting shots for his star teammate. Kevin Durant had only 14 points and was a silly plus-45 in 28 minutes. Hometown kid Alfonzo McKinnie poured in 19 points in 20 minutes off the bench and hit four triples himself.
The Warriors made 24 3-pointers in three quarters and didn’t break the NBA record of 25 simply because their scrubs were awful. Antonio Blakeney and Jabari Parker did some excellent stat-padding in the fourth quarter as the Bulls made the score slightly more palatable.
Blakeney and Zach LaVine had 21 points apiece to lead the Bulls. And if you’re looking for any other positives, Wendell Carter Jr. had 18/7/4 and dunked on Jordan Bell. Also, Joakim Noah was in the house. He probably could’ve played better defense.
There’s really not much else to say about this one. The Warriors are the Warriors and the Bulls are the Bulls.
Things won’t be much easier with the Nuggets coming to town Wednesday.