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How Wiggins 'changed the game' for Warriors in win over Bulls

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Andrew Wiggins pass

Andrew Wiggins really struggled in the Warriors' first two games of the season, but he bounced back in Golden State's win over the Chicago Bulls on Sunday night.

The 25-year-old scored 19 points and grabbed nine rebounds. But his playmaking was the most impressive aspect of his performance.

Wiggins dished out four assists and did not turn the ball over at all.

"Andrew really changed the game offensively with the way he attacked and then kicked the ball into space," Steve Kerr told the media Monday.

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The No. 1 overall pick from the 2014 draft would have had six assists, but Brad Wanamaker early in the second quarter missed a wide open 3-pointer after a brilliant driving pass by Wiggins. And Kelly Oubre couldn't knock down the wide open catch-and-shoot right corner triple with about 1:20 remaining and the Warriors down by two.

Additionally, Wiggins got Golden State four points at the free throw line in the fourth quarter.

On one occasion, he drove left after refusing a high ball screen, kicked it to the opposite side of the floor to Jordan Poole, who had a lane to the basket by attacking the closeout.

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Later in the period, Oubre got to the charity stripe after Wiggins collapsed the defense, hung in the air and delivered the pass to the fellow Kansas Jayhawk.

 

The Warriors will need more of this from Wiggins throughout the season, especially if he's on the court without Steph Curry and Draymond Green.

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