OAKLAND – It's not a bad way to start the second half of the regular season. Not bad.
The Warriors won their second consecutive victory on Friday night at the Oracle Arena, and this time, it was done at the expense of the Chicago Bulls.
Golden State (28-14) did the Bulls' quick work on their way to a 146-109 home win, with Klay Thompson creating an early lead from which Chicago (10-32) never recovered.
Here are three key points of a game that ended almost as soon as it started:
KLAY & # 39; S BULLS-EYE
Those poor bulls. What did they do to Klay Thompson?
In the Warriors' only other meeting with the Bulls this season on October 29, Thompson ran out an NBA record with 14 triples in a runaway victory.
On Friday night, he resumed right where he left off.
Thompson was on fire from the opening tip, knocking down not one, not two, but three triples (in three tries) in the first 70 seconds. That individual surge put the crowd on its feet, and the Warriors rolled.
In comparison, Chicago did not score its tenth point until there were 3:24 left in the first quarter.
Thompson would add another three triples in the second quarter, and finished the game with a team score of 30 points on 10 of 18 shots from the field, including 7 of 11 from beyond the goal.
In six quarters against the Bulls this season (he stayed out during the entire fourth quarter of both games), Thompson scored 82 points in 28 of 47 shots (59.6 percent) from the field and 21 of 35 (60.0 percent) from the field. 3 point range.
After Tuesday's victory over the Knicks, Thompson had to ask Curry when his last win was.
He did not have to ask again on Friday.
The Warriors not only led from start to finish. They took a double-digit lead in Kevin Durant's triple with 9:41 remaining in the first quarter and held it for the rest of the contest.
After scoring 44 points in the first quarter of his victory over the Bulls on October 29, Golden State had a 43-17 lead at the end of the first frame on Friday. It was his eighth fourth point of the season.
The last time the Warriors had a 26-point lead at the end of the first quarter? You have to go back to November 2, 1991, when they led 48-18 against Sacramento.
There are eight players on the current Golden State list who were not born by then.
The points differential of the Warriors season is far behind what has been in this stage in each of the last four seasons, but with performances like Friday, will quickly recover ground.
And what's more important, more amazing victories mean more rest for Thompson, Curry, Durant and Draymond Green. The Warriors are halfway through the postseason, and the fresher they can keep the four main players, the better they'll be when the playoffs come.
The Warriors are great and everything, but man, it would be very difficult to find a list that is better than the Chicago one on Friday night. At no point in the game, the Bulls threatened to take an advantage, and now they have allowed the Warriors to score 295 combined points against them in just two games this season.
That's the kind of defense that will propel your replacement coach to execute linings before, during and after the practice.
The Bulls have had the change of coach mentioned above, and now they sit at 10-32, losers of six games in a row. Good thing it's supposed to be a kind of stacked project.
Despite all the turbulence that the Warriors have experienced so far this season, it could clearly be much worse. Just one more reminder to appreciate the dynasty in front of you.