In a season filled with egregious losses, a 104-90 defeat against the Golden State Warriors has to be in the discussion for the worst one. The Warriors, decimated by injury, have the worst record in the league, and were riding a three game losing streak coming into this one.
The Bulls trailed for most of this contest. They did tie the game at 69 with 3:22 left to go in the third quarter, but then the Bulls proceeded to run a three point guard lineup with Thaddeus Young, and Luke Kornet and were outscored 9-4 the rest of the quarter.
Then in the fourth, the Warriors nailed 3-point field goals on three straight possessions to turn a close game into a 12-point fourth quarter lead. It was all part of a Golden State 16-2 run that sealed the game in favor of the home Warriors.
If Zach LaVine didn’t put together one of his best performances of the season, this game could have been even uglier. LaVine finished with a game-high 36 points on 13-for-24 from the field. He carried the Bulls offense for long stretches, and the Bulls actually had positive point differential when he was in the game. This included a 2nd quarter stretch where he scored 15 Bulls points in a row, including two highlight-level dunks one where he crossed over Draymond Green which brought the Bulls within five points.
Again, this was a game the Bulls were routinely behind in. So the second quarter was a major improvement after what happened a quarter earlier where they scored only 17 points to the Warriors 25.
Bulls/Warriors first quarter was the worst basketball I've seen all year. pic.twitter.com/t8ezJi3TMB— Stephen Noh (@StephNoh) November 28, 2019
Mind you that Golden State allows 117.6 points per game which is the fifth highest mark in the NBA. The Bulls finished with 90.
No non-LaVine Bulls hit the double-digit scoring mark except Tomas Satoransky, who had one of his better games of the season with 19 points, 7 rebounds, and 7 assists. Lauri Markkanen had another anemic performance (8 points, 3-10 shooting) and sat for much of the 4th quarter. Meanwhile, the Warriors had three power forwards in double-digit scoring. That doesn’t include their star Draymond Green who only had seven points but had eight assists.
On a day where he maintained that nothing is going to change, head coach Jim Boylen gave 13 guys playing time tonight. One circumstance was Chandler Hutchison , who was just put back in the starting lineup, leaving two minutes in with a sprained right shoulder. After being excommunicated from the rotation for eight games, Luke Kornet got 10 minutes of playing time in this game. Denzel Valentine played 5 minutes in the first half then none in the second.
The Bulls get the Portland Trail Blazers again on Friday. Behind a turn-back-the-clock performance from Carmelo Anthony, the Trail Blazers smacked the Bulls 117-94 Monday at the United Center.