Warriors roll to most lopsided win, beat Bulls 138-96

The Golden State Warriors were stuck in a rut and in need of a breather. Fortunately, they got one.Warriors’ Andrew Wiggins scored 21 points and Stephen Curry added 19 as they cruised to their biggest win of the season, defeating the Chicago Bulls 138-96 on Friday.

Jordan Poole scored 22 points and Jonathan Kuminga had 25 points.

After dropping four of five games, the Warriors broke out of their slump quickly by pulling away early. Coming off a lopsided loss to Milwaukee the previous night, it was just the sort of easy win they needed.

Coach Steve Kerr said, “We came out pretty determined.” Obviously, they were behind the eight-ball almost immediately when Zach (LaVine) was injured.

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LaVine suffered a left knee injury in the opening minutes of the game. With a deficit of 78-47 at halftime, they were booed off the court and lost their worst game of the season.

Wiggins scored 20 points in the first half and made three 3-pointers, while shooting 8 of 11 from the field. Curry led the Warriors to a total turnaround in Milwaukee after they trailed 77-38 at halftime.

Even with Klay Thompson and Draymond Green absent, the Warriors looked easy with five 3-pointers from Poole.

If you’re a good team, good things usually happen and you can bounce back,” Curry said. “I like the way we responded.”

Chicago’s Nikola Vucevic had 19 points and 14 rebounds. The other two scorers were Coby White (20 points) and DeMar DeRozan (17 points).

The Bulls, however, lost for the third time in four games after winning nine straight to match their longest streak since the end of the 2010-11 regular season.

LAVINE WAS HURTED

LaVine – who tore his left ACL in February 2017 playing for Minnesota – was injured in the first minutes of the game.

Billy Donovan said LaVine felt some discomfort going for an offensive rebound and tried to play through it. As the first quarter ended, LaVine walked gingerly to the locker room. He did not fall to the ground.

On Saturday, the All-Star and Olympic gold medalist was scheduled to undergo an MRI. LaVine did not travel to Boston with the team for Saturday’s game, Donovan said. Next up for the Bulls is a trip to Memphis and a game against Cleveland.

After he gets an MRI, we’ll know a lot more,” Donovan said. “I can’t speculate on what they’re Warriors rollabout.”

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The situation for Chicago did not improve after LaVine left the game. After losing to Kevin Durant and the Brooklyn Nets two nights earlier, the Bulls lost another lopsided game.

Despite Curry’s two points in the first quarter, the Warriors led 37-28, then outscored Chicago 41-19 in the second quarter. Golden State scored 78 points in the second half, the most in a half this season and the most allowed by the Bulls.

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With about 7 minutes left in the half, Curry scored six points in an 11-0 run that Wiggins finished with a driving bank shot, making it 54-33.

Warriors roll: Thompson rested as planned after playing 20 minutes at Milwaukee in his third game back. During their visit to Minnesota on Sunday, Kerr said they plan to “bump him up a little bit.” Kerr missed two and a half years because of a torn anterior cruciate ligament and an Achilles tendon. … Kerr hopes Green (tight left calf) returns when the Warriors face Detroit on Tuesday. Green missed his third consecutive game, and Kerr said it made more sense to have him continue rehabbing in the Bay Area rather than join the team in Minnesota.

Warriors roll: G Alex Caruso will not travel with the team to Boston and Memphis. COVID-19 has caused him to miss the past five games in a row after being sidelined with a sprained left foot. … Malcolm Hill was signed to a 10-day hardship contract. Hill played for Illinois from 2013-14 to 2016-17 and grew up near St. Louis in Belleville, Illinois.

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