Jan 25, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Golden State Warriors small forward Harrison Barnes (40) is defended by Chicago Bulls shooting guard Richard Hamilton (32) during the first quarter at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

Warriors Sluggish in Loss to Bulls

Four of the Bulls’ starters finished in double figures as the Warriors were blown out in Chicago 103-87.

In the first quarter of this game, the Warriors were just sluggish and slow. Stephen Curry, who wasn’t selected to be an all-star yesterday, was on top of his game, but he and David Lee just couldn’t do enough to escape a huge first quarter deficit. They were sluggish on defense and offense, and repeatedly failed to penetrate Chicago’s defense.

In the first, the Warriors shot the ball at 22%, were out-rebounded 21-7, and were down 31-13. This was one of the worst quarters of the season for the Warriors.

Luckily, however, they were able to come back strong. In the second quarter, Klay Thompson and Lee behind some great defense, heated up, and were both able to push the Warriors to a comeback. It all started when they lead the Warriors to a quick 12-0 run right before the half. Before this, the Bulls had been making every shot that they threw up. Lee truly played like an all-star and had his team at just a 63-50 deficit despite an atrocious quarter.

In the third quarter, the Warriors cut it to twelve, but that was about it. The pace was fast, which favors the Warriors, but the Bulls were able to keep up with it. Defense was good, as Festus Ezeli forced many turnovers and travels, but the Bulls’ defense was better.

The Bulls were able to fend off the Warriors pre-4th quarter attack, and extended their lead to 18, 84-66 entering the fourth.

The fourth was much of the same, as the Warriors were unable to even cut it to single digits. Mark Jackson inserted his bench warmers into the game at around the five-minute mark, in an effort to save some energy for Saturday night’s game, when the Warriors will face the Bucks in Milwaukee.

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