EditorsNote: updates last two paragraphs with Dunn injury update
The Golden State Warriors held the Bulls to 12 points in the third quarter after Chicago had a 66-point first half, enabling the defending champs to rally for a 119-112 victory Wednesday night in Chicago.
The win was the Warriors’ fourth straight to begin a five-game trip and extended Golden State’s road winning streak to 14 games, equaling the third longest in NBA history.
The Bulls used a 17-0 run bridging the first and second quarters to help build a 66-63 halftime advantage. The Warriors countered with a 19-0 flurry of their own in the third quarter to take a lead they never relinquished.
Klay Thompson had 38 points and Stephen Curry 30 for the Warriors, whose 21-3 road record is better than their 16-6 home mark.
Nikola Mirotic had a team-high 24 points for the Bulls, who had won their previous three games.
The game was tied at 72-all before Curry ignited the Warriors’ spurt with a 3-pointer.
Curry added two more 3-pointers and a 2-point hoop, and Kevin Durant chipped in with six points, allowing the Warriors to build a 91-72 lead with 2:59 left in the third quarter.
The Bulls went almost seven full minutes without scoring in the key drought.
The Warriors connected on 13 3-pointers in the game, with Thompson (7-for-13) and Curry (6-for-11) accounting for all of them.
Durant added 19 points in a top-heavy Warriors attack that saw only three players score in double figures.
Golden State was playing without Draymond Green (sore right shoulder) and Andre Iguodala (bruised left calf).
Six Bulls, including three reserves, scored 10 or more points, led by Mirotic, who hit four of his seven 3-point attempts.
The Bulls made 10 3-pointers, their franchise-record 10th straight game making at least 10.
Robin Lopez (16), Kris Dunn (16), Bobby Portis (12), Lauri Markkanen (11) and Denzel Valentine (10) also scored in double figures for the Bulls, who were swept in the season series by the Warriors for the second time in the last three years.
Warriors forward Jordan Bell left the court on a wheelchair after he landed awkwardly and sprained his left ankle in the opening minute. The team said X-rays were negative, and Bell is scheduled to have an MRI on Thursday to determine the severity of the sprain.
The Bulls lost Dunn to injury late in the game when he fell face-first to the court after converting a dunk. He was bleeding from the mouth when taken to the locker room after “taking a chunk out of the floor,” as Chicago coach Fred Hoiberg put it.
The team later announced that Dunn chipped and dislocated two front teeth. Tests found no signs of a concussion, but Dunn will be revaluated Thursday.
--Field Level Media