CHICAGO – The United Center was raucous, full of fans roaring as the home team fattened their lead over the defending champions, beating them in the paint and at halftime.
All of the Chicago Bulls' momentum resulted in a slender half-time lead, but that edge disappeared in a heartbeat when the Splash Brothers began pitching.
Shortly thereafter, the NBA Golden State Warriors' best record shot to explosive proportions, and they clung to a 119-112 victories, their 14th consecutive on the road.
Klay Thompson scored a season-high 38 points on 12 of 22 shots, including 7-for-13 from the 3-point line. And Stephen Curry added 30 points on 10 of 18 shots, including 6 of 11 from depth. The rest of the Warriors were 0-for-9 from long distance.
The two snipers combined to score 22 points, and nailed six three-pointers, only in the third quarter, when the Warriors outscored the Bulls 32-12 to take the 95 -78 lead entering the room.
During that crucial third quarter, the Bulls shot just 6-for-25 and scored without scoring by 6:52.
In the first half, the Bulls jumped to a double-digit lead behind a strong play from their bench. They also scored 40 points in the first quarter.
The defeat broke a streak of three consecutive victories for Chicago, which was led by Nikola Mirotic (24 points). The Bulls had a 56-28 lead in points in the paint and a 26-7 lead at fast-break points, but the long-range Thompson and Curry elite shots proved to be too much.
The 37-9 Warriors, who did not have Draymond Green (pain in the right shoulder), won four games in a row and are 21-3 on the road. They will now head to Houston, where they will close a five-game trip against the Rockets on Saturday.