Bulls blitz Warriors in impressive rout, 113-95
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Embarrassed one game, handing out humiliation the next.
Such is life for the Chicago Bulls right now.
Luol Deng scored 23 points, Carlos Boozer had 21 points and nine rebounds, and the banged-up Bulls bounced back from their most lopsided loss of the season to whip the Golden State Warriors 113-95 on Friday night.
"I do know we have pride," Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said. "We've taken a hit. We've lost some guys along the way. Our guys will battle. We know that we're short-handed. But if we have the right intensity and we do it collectively, we have a chance. And we've shown it throughout the year."
Maybe this week more than any other.
Two nights after a 121-79 shellacking at Sacramento that renewed calls for Derrick Rose's return, the Bulls outscored the Warriors 38-17 in the third quarter en route to snapping a season-high, five-game road losing streak. They led by 36 points early in the fourth quarter before both sides cleared the benches.
Nate Robinson added 20 points and seven assists, while Joakim Noah finished with 16 points and 13 rebounds for Chicago, which had lost four of five overall. The Bulls outshot the Warriors 52 to 45 percent and won the rebounding battle 43-34, though the final box score hardly showed how much of a blowout the game really was.
The Bulls had spent the past two days trying to regroup after being routed by one of the Western Conference's worst teams. The team held a meeting to re-emphasize what had made them such a tough out in recent years: pride and effort.
"The great thing about it is we kept it up for virtually the whole game," Boozer said. "It was fun to watch us play like that."
Jarrett Jack scored 20 points and David Lee had 15 points and eight rebounds for the Warriors, who missed their first 11 shots from 3-point range before making their last three. Golden State ended its longest homestand 4-3.
"Loose balls, rebounds, screens, moving without the basketball — any way you want to measure playing with force, we failed," Warriors coach Mark Jackson said.
Chicago again played without Rose, the NBA's MVP of the 2010-11 season who tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee last April and whose possible return has fueled fodder in recent weeks. Kirk Hinrich (right foot), Taj Gibson (left knee) and Richard Hamilton (lower back) also remain out with injuries.
Both teams played with relatively small lineups — with the exception of Noah and Warriors center Andrew Bogut — and spread the floor, creating space all over the perimeter. Noah and Boozer gave Bogut and Lee fits with their interior passing, rampant rebounding and overall energy to outwork the Warriors throughout.