CHICAGO (AP) – When the Splash Brothers are making their shots, even Kevin Durant is happy with a supporting role.
Such is the life of the Golden State Warriors.
Klay Thompson scored 38 points. Stephen Curry added 30 and the Warriors beat the Chicago Bulls 119-112 on Wednesday night for their 14th away win in the franchise.
"It was an old-school Splash Brothers game," coach Steve Kerr said. 19659008] The nickname of "Splash Brothers" for Thompson and Curry has faded in prominence since Durant joined the duo before last season, but the leading guards can still put on a show. Thompson went 7-for-13 from the 3-point range and Curry went 6-for-11 from behind the goal; no other player made a 3 for the Warriors.
"When they did it like that, you just play your role and you know your place, man," Durant said.
Durant had 19 points, eight rebounds and seven assists when Golden State tied for the third-longest winning streak in a season in NBA history. The Los Angeles Lakers maintain the record with 16 consecutive victories in the 1971-72 season.
The next on the list of the NBA's leading Warriors (37-9) is a primetime showdown with Houston on Saturday in the final of a five-game trip.
"It's going to be a very difficult game on Saturday, probably the toughest of the trip," Thompson said, "and if we could go undefeated on this road trip it would be amazing . "
Nikola Mirotic scored 24 points for Chicago, which fell to 14-8 from its 3-20 start. Robin Lopez scored 12 of his 16 points in the first half, and Kris Dunn also had 16.
"We played three quarters of a really good basketball, but one faces a team like this, you're not going to win," he said. the trainer Fred Hoiberg.
The Warriors played without Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala due to injuries, and Jordan Bell sprained his left ankle when he challenged Lopez's mate on the Bulls' first possession. Bell stayed down for a while and then was helped to stand up. He tried to press his leg and grimaced before opting for a wheelchair ride off the court.
Bell, 23, was selected by the Bulls in the second round of the June draw and then dealt cards to the Warriors. for financial considerations. X-rays were negative, but he was using crutches and a walking boot after the triumph and will undergo an MRI on Thursday.
"It was definitely much worse than a normal sprain," Bell said. "As I said, I thought I had broken it."
Thompson and Curry led the way when Golden State beat Chicago 32-12 in the third quarter to open a 95-78 lead. Curry made a tiebreaker with 9:23 to play in the period, which caused a 19-0 run for the Warriors.
The Bulls made a late charge, closing at 112-107 with a Dunn dunk with 2: 55 left. Dunn landed awkwardly on the job and his face crashed to the ground. He was being evaluated for a possible concussion after the defeat.
The NBA champion, the Warriors responded with Thompson's driving layup and a three-point play for Durant. Thompson also made two free throws with 17.4 seconds left to help Golden State secure the victory.
LAVINE NIGHT: Bulls guard Zach LaVine had five points in 2 of 12 shots in his third game of the season after recovering from a left knee surgery. He has been in a minute restriction, but the plan is to re-evaluate the situation at this point for possible prolonged action.
"We will meet with the medical staff tomorrow and we will draw up a plan to move forward for next week," Hoiberg said. "It feels very good and I think he had a great first game for us."
TIP-INS: Bulls – Hoiberg had lunch with Kerr after getting the job in Chicago. "I think Steve's world," said Hoiberg, who is in his third season with the Bulls. "He's been excellent with me since I've been in the league." … The Bulls lost 143-94 at Golden State in their first meeting of the season on November 24.
Warriors – Green is dealing with pain in his right shoulder, and Iguodala has a damaged left calf. … F Omri Casspi played for the first time in a week after being left out for low back pain. Casspi was available for the Golden State victory in Cleveland, but Kerr retained it. "I did not feel comfortable playing with him yet, because I really had not played enough with that bad back," Kerr said. "I'm a little sensitive to bad backs, I wanted him to do a good workout (on Tuesday)."
UP NEXT: Bulls – Opens a three-game trip on Saturday in Atlanta. They also visit New Orleans and Philadelphia next week.
Warriors – They split their first two games this season against the Rockets, losing 122-121 at home on October 17 and winning 124-114 in Houston on January 4.
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