Klay Thompson, Steph Curry push Warriors past pesky Bulls

Tipoff is scheduled for 5:35 p.m.

With the Grizzlies up by three, New York's Kristaps Porzingis (21 points) was called for a loose-ball foul going for the rebound with 25 seconds remaining.

But as the Warriors continue to march toward what has become an annual trek toward the NBA Finals, Golden State's supporting cast and defensive efforts are beginning to draw as much attention as its star-studded cast.

Oh, and Golden State didn't even have Kevin Durant for that game.

Green (shoulder) will not play during Wednesday's game against the Bulls, Anthony Slater of The Athletic Bay Area reports. The Chicago Bulls are averaging 102.8 points on 44.1 percent shooting and allowing 108.3 points on 46.7 percent shooting.

Justin Holiday's 25 points featured a career-high seven 3-pointers. The Warriors should have the advantage on that side of the ball.

The Warriors have a net rating of +14.9 when Bell has played this season, which is the fourth best mark on the team. Outscored 103-54 to end the game, the Bulls were saddled with an embarrassing 49-point loss to the defending champions that was arguably the lowlight of their ten-game losing streak. No wonder Zach LaVine cracked wise when asked if he felt any difference between his first two games. Anthony Davis, who was coming off back-to-back 45-plus-point performances, finished with only eight points and seven rebounds. The Chicago Bulls are shooting 36.4 percent from beyond the arc and 75.5 percent from the free throw line. The Chicago Bulls have won nine of their last 12 home games.

Neither teams are special on scoring-defense, as Golden State is 20th and Chicago 24th in the category.

Stephen Curry has made at least one three-pointer in each of his last 51 games, tying James Harden for the longest active streaks in the league.

The Warriors rank seventh in rebounds allowed per game (42.0) while the Bulls rank 27th (45.5).

Bell, a rookie, is averaging 5.2 points, four rebounds and 1.1 blocks in 37 games this season. It appeared that would be the case after Thompson made consecutive 3-pointers to stretch the Warriors' lead to 107-90 with 7:40 left in the game.

Chicago averages 7.0 steals per game, which ranks 23rd in the National Basketball Association. The Warriors are also just 9-11 ATS this season when a double-digit favorite.

  • Julie Sanders