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