Rapid Reaction: Warriors 102, Bulls 87

February, 7, 2014
Feb 7
12:16
AM CT
Friedell By Nick Friedell
ESPNChicago.com
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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Let's take a quick look at how the Golden State Warriors earned a 102-87 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Thursday night at Oracle Arena.

How it happened: Stephen Curry had a big night for the Warriors, going off for 34 points, nine assists and three rebounds as Golden State overcame a 16-point second-quarter deficit. Klay Thompson added 22 points as the Warriors hit several big shots down the stretch. Taj Gibson led Chicago with 26 points, 13 rebounds and four assists, but it wasn't enough for a Bulls team that once again struggled to score late.

What it means: It's the same old story for the Bulls. They can't generate enough offense on most nights to keep up with quality teams. The difference in this one was that they had no answer for Curry. He's arguably the best shooter in the league right now, and the Bulls couldn't contain him once he got going. This game offered up another reminder of what the Bulls don't have -- a star scorer who can change the momentum of the game by himself. D.J. Augustin and Kirk Hinrich had nice nights -- but neither player is dynamic enough to slow things down when they're going the wrong direction for the Bulls. When the Bulls don't play defense as well as they should -- as evidenced by the fact they gave up a 16-point cushion -- and they can't hit enough shots, the result is almost inevitable this season.

Hits: Joakim Noah almost had a triple-double with seven points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists.

Misses: Mike Dunleavy was just 1-for-6 from the field and missed all three of his 3-point attempts.

Stat of the night: The Bulls turned the ball over 17 times.

What's next: The Bulls finish off their six-game trip Sunday afternoon against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center.

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Nick Friedell is the Chicago Bulls beat reporter for ESPN Chicago. Friedell is a graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University and joined ESPNChicago.com for its launch in April 2009.

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Derrick Rose
PTS AST STL MIN
15.9 4.3 0.5 31.1
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsJ. Noah 11.3
AssistsJ. Noah 5.4
StealsJ. Butler 1.9
BlocksJ. Noah 1.5