Curry, Warriors crush Bulls


Stephen Curry glanced at the “72” banner hanging from the rafters during the morning shootaround. A number that for two decades seemed unattainable just might be in reach for the Warriors if they keep playing this way.

Curry scored 25 points, and Golden State made it look easy again, beating the Chicago Bulls 125-94 on Wednesday night.

Curry tied a season high with 11 of his team’s 38 assists and grabbed seven rebounds.

Klay Thompson added 20 points. Harrison Barnes scored 19, and the defending champions simply outclassed Chicago after embarrassing LeBron James and the Cavaliers in Cleveland on Monday night.

That’s two straight dominant wins over two of the Eastern Conference’s top teams after losing at Detroit and dropping two of three.

“Good teams bounce back quick and we were able to do that,” Curry said. “It says a lot about our resiliency.”

The Warriors are more than just a good team. They’re a team that set a league record with a 24-0 start. And they’re a team that could challenge the single-season mark of 72 wins set by the 1995-96 Bulls.

“I feel like we kind of have that chip back on our shoulders,” Draymond Green said. “It kind of fell off a little bit.”

The Warriors built a big lead in the first quarter and never were threatened after that, improving their league-best road record to 20-4.

Derrick Rose scored 29 and Jimmy Butler added 23 points after a slow start for Chicago. Pau Gasol was a non-factor with one point and the Bulls missed 19 of 20 3-pointers on the way to their fifth loss in seven games.

“It’s embarrassing,” Rose said. “We stopped communicating while we were out there. You could easily tell there was no communication on both sides of the ball. The only thing we can do from it is learn.”

Two nights after they pounded Cleveland in the arena where they captured the championship last spring, the Warriors wasted little time seizing control in this one.

Golden State was trailing by one midway through the first quarter when a cutting Curry converted a three-point play. Rose, who committed the foul, got subbed out after a strong start. And in a flash, the Warriors broke this one open.

They were up 34-18 going into the second and led by as many as 21 before heading to the locker room with a 63-44 cushion. Cavaliers 91, Nets 78

In New York, Kevin Love had 17 points and 18 rebounds, and Cleveland bounced back from its embarrassing performance against Golden State with a victory over Brooklyn. Pistons 123, Rockets 114

In Houston, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Marcus Morris each scored 22 points and Detroit beat the Rockets despite Andre Drummond setting an NBA record by missing 23 free throws. Thunder 109, Hornets 95

In Oklahoma City, Kevin Durant scored 26 points to help the Thunder beat Charlotte for their sixth straight win. Knicks 118, Jazz 111 (OT) In New York, Carmelo Anthony had 30 points, nine assists and seven rebounds, leading the Knicks to an overtime victory over Utah. Mavs 106, T-Wolves 94 (OT)

In Dallas, Chandler Parsons scored seven of his game-high 30 points in overtime as the short-handed Mavericks rallied to beat Minnesota. Wizards 106, Heat 87

In Washington, John Wall had 18 points and 10 assists and Bradley Beal added 18 more as the Wizards sent injury-ravaged Miami to its sixth loss in seven games. Raptors 115, Celtics 109

In Toronto, DeMar DeRozan scored 34 points and Jonas Valanciunas had his eighth double-double with 19 points and 12 rebounds as Toronto won its season-high sixth straight game. 76ers 96, Magic 87

In Orlando, Jahlil Okafor scored 20 points, Ish Smith had 13 points and 11 assists and Philadelphia beat the Magic. Kings 112, Lakers 93

In Los Angeles, DeMarcus Cousins had 36 points and 16 rebounds, and Rajon Rondo added 11 points and 17 assists in Sacramento’s victory over the Lakers. Hawks 104, Trail Blazers 98

In Portland, Paul Millsap had 23 points and nine rebounds, and Atlanta survived a late rally by the Blazers.