Instant Replay: Warriors down Bulls with flurry of splashes from deep

Instant Replay: Warriors down Bulls with flurry of splashes from deep


OAKLAND -- It wasn’t a pretty performance by the Warriors, but it was effective enough for another victory.

With a 123-92 win over Chicago on Wednesday night at Oracle Arena, the Warriors extended to 138, their NBA-record streak of games without consecutive losses.

All five starters scored in double figures, with Klay Thompson pouring in a game-high 28 points. Kevin Durant totaled 22 points, Draymond Green 19, Stephen Curry 13 and JaVale McGee 13. Kevon Looney came off the bench to add 10 points.

The Warriors (44-8) survived moments of choppy, haphazard play by overpowering the undermanned Bulls (26-27) with superior skill. The Warriors shot 55.8 percent, while holding Chicago to 40.2 percent.

Robin Lopez contributed a team-high 17 points and 10 rebounds to lead Chicago, which was playing without Dwyane Wade and Jimmy Butler,


On a night with such balanced production, Durant and Thompson share the honors: Thompson for submitting a solid game after returning from funeral services for his maternal grandfather on Tuesday and Durant for having such a forceful bounce-back game after his season-low 10 points Saturday in Sacramento.

Durant’s line: 22 points (9-of-16 shooting from the field, including 1-of-2 from 3-point distance, 3-of-3 from the line), 10 rebounds, seven assists and three steals. He played 34 minutes and finished plus-20.

Thompson’s line: 28 points (9-of-16, including 6-of-9 from deep), four rebounds and two assists. On his 27th birthday, he played 29 minutes and was plus-12.


The Warriors never trailed, using a 17-6 run spanning the end of the first half and the beginning of the second to take a commanding lead: 63-43 with 10:35 left in the third quarter.

The Bulls got no closer than 12 after that.


Warriors: C Zaza Pachulia (R rotator cuff strain) and F/C David West (L thumb fracture) were listed as out.

Bulls: G Dywane Wade (upper respiratory illness) and F Cristiano Felicio (R calf strain) were listed as questionable. Wade was ruled out prior to tipoff. Felicio entered the game in the first quarter. G/F Jimmy Butler (R heel contusion) was listed as out.


The Warriors leave Thursday for Memphis, where on Friday they will face the Grizzlies at FedEx Forum. Tipoff is scheduled for 5:05 p.m.

The Warriors improved to 44-8 on the season.

Casspi defends his spot on Warriors, explains why he's not worried about being cut


Casspi defends his spot on Warriors, explains why he's not worried about being cut

OAKLAND -- Like much of the NBA and everyone with an interest in the Warriors, Omri Casspi has watched the emergence of Quinn Cook, who came out of the G-League and is making a strong bid to make the postseason roster.

Casspi, out since spraining his right ankle last Friday against Sacramento, happens to be at or near the top of the list of the tiny group of players that might be dropped should the Warriors decide to add Cook.

The 6-foot-9 veteran forward has heard the chatter.

“First of all, it’s you guys talking,” Casspi said, referring to media. “I don’t really feel it from the organization. At the end of the day, I’m focused on getting healthy and playing. That’s all I can control.

“I feel like the team needs me and know what I can do for the team. My focus is on getting healthy and playing.”

The Warriors have until April 11 to submit their playoff roster.

Casspi’s roster spot is in danger for three reasons.

One, he has lost confidence in his long-distance shooting, which was influential in the team’s decision to sign him to a one-year minimum contract last July.

Two, his defense has been a glaring weakness, with teams attacking him at every opportunity.

Three, he had fallen out of the rotation when the team was fully healthy and didn’t return until after succession of injuries. Casspi exceeded 10 minutes of playing time in only one of the 12 games before injuries to several teammates became a factor.

Stephen Curry’s ankle woes this season, along with Cook’s impressive play, are making a persuasive argument for adding the third-year point guard.

For now, Casspi is determined to get back on court after missing the last two games.

“With my role on this team, when I’m healthy I want to go out there and play, maybe not 100 percent healthy, but close to it,” he said. “That’s what I’m focused on, on feeling good and running up and down and being able to cut and move and be out there again with the guys.”

As Warriors inch closer to full health, Kerr provides update on Durant, Klay


As Warriors inch closer to full health, Kerr provides update on Durant, Klay

OAKLAND -- Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson all worked up sweat Wednesday, putting the Warriors ever closer to being whole again.

Only Draymond Green did not full participate in the non-contact practice session, but he’s expected back in a matter of days.

So while the Warriors are a little more than a week away from possibly having the full squad available, they’re starting to feel a little less vulnerable.

“They’re all kind of day-to-day,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “Steph is closer to playing than KD and Klay.”

Curry has not played since March 8, when he tweaked his surgically repaired right ankle. He missed the last six games. Durant (rib cartilage injury) and Thompson (right thumb sprain) sustained their injuries on March 11 at Minnesota, though Durant played one more game, March 14, before receiving a diagnosis. Durant missed the last three games, Thompson the last four.

Green sustained a pelvic contusion Monday night at San Antonio, but believes he will be available this weekend, either Friday against Atlanta or Sunday against Utah.

Curry, though, is fully cleared for all activities.

“Steph looks great,” Kerr said. “He’s chomping at the bit. But we’ll see how he responds in the next couple days before we decide whether he plays or not.”

Durant loathes acknowledging pain or injuries, and his return will be dictated by his ability with withstanding the contact inevitable in the course of a game.

“I don’t expect KD to play this week,” Kerr said. “It’s not like a timetable . . . just sort of a feel thing. It’s symptomatic with him.”

Thompson seems, at this point, the furthest away from full activity.

“Klay did some stuff," Kerr said, “but not full participation.”