Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 11/20

Game 1: Wednesday, November 20th
Game 2: Thursday, March 6th

Warriors 105

(30-31, 11-19 away)

Bulls 119

(22-41, 19-11 home)

    Coverage: WGN

    7:30 PM ET, March 6, 2003

    United Center, Chicago, IL

    1 2 3 4 T
    GS 20 27 25 33105
    CHI 29 23 36 31119

    Top Performers

    GS: G. Arenas 28 Pts, 6 Reb, 6 Ast, 2 Stl

    Chi: T. Chandler 23 Pts, 14 Reb, 3 Ast, 3 Blk

    Golden State sees six-game winning streak end

    CHICAGO (AP) -- Jay Williams wanted the Chicago Bulls to shake things up a bit, try something different. So that's what they did Thursday night, and he was a major part of the shuffle.

     Jamal Crawford

    Using a new starting lineup that found Williams on the bench, the Bulls produced their highest scoring output of the season as fellow prep-to-pros Eddy Curry and Tyson Chandler led a 119-105 win over the Golden State Warriors.

    "What controversy?" asked Curry who scored 24 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, while Chandler had 23 points and 14 rebounds -- the first time in their two-year careers they scored 20-plus in the same game.

    "Tonight was fun. We needed it as a team," Curry said.

    The Bulls' victory was just their fifth in the last 19 games, but gave them 22 wins -- one more than last season.

    Williams said Monday the team needed to shake things up, suggested there was a rift between players and coaches and hinted maybe it was time some players move on.

    Jamal Crawford was in the starting lineup in his place, although Chicago coach Bill Cartwright said before the game Williams was not being punished for airing his gripes.

    Crawford had 15 points and a career-high 10 assists in 31 minutes, while Williams scored nine points with three assists in 17 minutes. Jalen Rose scored all 21 of his points in the second half.

    "To be honest, it doesn't matter how it goes. I just want to win. We won tonight and everything is fine," Williams said.

    "I think I'm better player as a starter," said Crawford, making just his 12th start of the season. "It's fun to start, but it is also fun to be in there to finish the game."

    Gilbert Arenas scored 28 to lead Golden State, which had a six-game winning streak snapped, while Antawn Jamison added 22.

    Jamison said the Bulls may have been inspired by Williams' earlier comments.

    "We knew what's been going on as far as in-house and the locker room and that normally sparks the team, and we knew they would be ready to play," Jamison said.

    "I'm just disappointed we didn't come out with the aggressiveness that we've had the last couple of games."

    Leading by five at the half, the Bulls ran out to 16-point lead after three quarters, getting a pair of 3-pointers from Donyell Marshall -- the other addition to the starting five -- and one each from Crawford and Rose.

    But the Warriors turned to their bench and scored the first seven points of the fourth quarter to make it 88-79 with just under 10 minutes remaining.

    Then Williams and Rose hit jumpers as the Bulls regained control and pulled away again to break a three-game losing streak.

    With Golden State center Erick Dampier in early foul trouble, Curry and Chandler went to work. Curry scored 19 points and Chandler had 12 points and 12 rebounds in the first half.

    "This is a game we should have had on the road," said an angry Warriors coach Eric Mussleman. "Curry and Chandler were phenomenal and set the tone early in the game. The second-half defense was the worst we've played all season long."

    Game notes
    The Warriors are 9-4 since the All-Star break. ... Williams got leveled by Chris Mills' pick in the opening seconds of the fourth quarter, but was able to get back up and continue. ... Golden State, the leading rebounding team in the NBA, was outrebounded 47-36. ... Marshall finished with 14 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists. ... The Bulls shot 54 percent and outscored the Warriors 60-46 in the paint. ... Chicago's 22 wins are its most since 1997-98 when it won its sixth title.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 105 119
    FGM-FGA 40-88 (.455) 47-87 (.540)
    3PM-3PA 6-18 (.333) 7-12 (.583)
    FTM-FTA 19-26 (.731) 18-24 (.750)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 14-36 14-47
    Assists 25 33
    Turnovers 12 16
    Steals 10 5
    Blocks 4 8
    Fast Break Points 4 6
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 23 (0/0) 21 (1/0)

    Top Performers

    Golden State
    Gilbert Arenas Arenas
    Points: 28
    Reb: 6
    Ast: 6
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0
    Tyson Chandler Chandler
    Points: 23
    Reb: 14
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 3