Warriors takeaways: What we learned from 146-109 win over Bulls

Warriors takeaways: What we learned from 146-109 win over Bulls

OAKLAND -- Not a bad way to start the second half of the regular season. Not bad at all.

The Warriors cruised to their second consecutive blowout victory Friday night at Oracle Arena, and this time, it came at the expense of the Chicago Bulls.

Golden State (28-14) made quick work of the Bulls on their way to a 146-109 home win, with Klay Thompson creating an early advantage that Chicago (10-32) never recovered from.

Here are three takeaways from a game that was over almost as soon as it started:


Those poor Bulls. What did they ever do to Klay Thompson?

In the Warriors' only other meeting with the Bulls this season back on Oct. 29, Thompson drained an NBA-record 14 3-pointers in a runaway victory.

On Friday night, he picked up right where he left off.

Thompson was on fire from the opening tip, knocking down not one, not two, but three 3-pointers (on three attempts) within the opening 70 seconds. That individual surge got the crowd on its feet, and the Warriors rolling.

For comparison, Chicago didn't score their 10th point until there was 3:24 remaining in the first quarter.

Thompson would add another three 3-pointers in the second quarter, and finished the game with a team-high 30 points on 10-of-18 shooting from the field, including 7-of-11 from beyond the arc.

In six quarters against the Bulls this season -- he sat out the entire fourth quarter of both games -- Thompson accounted for 82 points on 28-of-47 shooting (59.6 percent) from the field and 21-of-35 (60.0 percent) from 3-point range.


After Tuesday's win over the Knicks, Thompson had to ask Curry when their last blowout victory was.

He didn't have to ask again on Friday.

The Warriors didn't just lead from start to finish. They took a double-digit lead on Kevin Durant's 3-pointer with 9:41 remaining in the first quarter and maintained it throughout the remainder of the contest.

After scoring 44 points in the first quarter of their blowout win over the Bulls on Oct. 29, Golden State held a 43-17 advantage at the end of the first frame on Friday. It was their eighth 40-point quarter of the season.

The last time the Warriors held a 26-point lead at the end of the first quarter? You have to go all the way back to Nov. 2, 1991, when they led 48-18 against Sacramento.

There are eight players on Golden State's current roster that weren't born by then.

The Warriors' season-long point differential is well behind what it's been at this stage in each of the last four seasons, but with performances like Friday's, they'll make up ground quickly.

More importantly, more blowout victories means more rest for Thompson, Curry, Durant, and Draymond Green. The Warriors are halfway to the postseason, and the fresher they can keep those four core players, the better off they'll be when the playoffs arrive.


The Warriors are great and all, but man, you'd be hard-pressed to find a more overmatched roster than that of Chicago's on Friday night. At no point in the game did the Bulls threaten to take a lead, and they've now allowed the Warriors to score 295 combined points against them in just two matchups this season.

That's the kind of defense that will drive your replacement coach to make you run liners before, during and after practice.

The Bulls have had the aforementioned coaching change, and now sit at 10-32, losers of six-straight. Good thing this is supposed to be a stacked draft class.

For all the turbulence the Warriors have experienced so far this season, it clearly could be so much worse. Just another reminder to appreciate the dynasty in front of you.

How Warriors' Bob Myers found positive in final Kevin Durant meeting

How Warriors' Bob Myers found positive in final Kevin Durant meeting

When Kevin Durant elected to leave the Warriors for the Brooklyn Nets when free agency opened June 30, many criticized the way in which the two-time NBA Finals MVP handled his move from coast to coast. 

Prior to his announcement to join the Nets, Durant had Warriors general manager Bob Myers fly out to New York so he could inform him of his decision in person, He did not, however, wait for Steph Curry's plane to land before word of his move to Brooklyn had leaked out. 

While some have been critical of Durant having a face-to-face with Myers just to tell him he would not be choosing to stay with the Warriors, Myers is glad the meeting/goodbye took place.

"Here's what I wanted," Myers told The Athletic's Tim Kawakami on "The TK Show" podcast. "Some people I had seen write that he made me fly all the way out there. I enjoy sitting and looking at you. We had a relationship. I like hearing news. I don't think we do enough of this in life. Look at me and tell me what you're thinking. Good, bad, whatever. Let's do it that way.

"I think our relationship had earned that. So for me, even hearing that he wasn't coming back in person, I'd rather have that all day long. And I appreciated that. Some people will say 'Well, you flew to New York to hear he wasn't coming back?' Absolutely. I'd fly to China to talk to him about what he wants to do. He earned that. He deserves that. I wanted that. It also gave me some closure, as far as to hear somebody, to see their body language and hear their conviction and hear all of it, was better for me than what, a text message or an Instagram announcement or a phone call. I don't want that. So I didn't know it until then."

Myers was grateful Durant wanted to talk with him face-to-face and was fully open about his decision to end his chapter with the Warriors.

"He told me to my face, which I appreciated," Myers continued. "I didn't know before then. I had a sense that it might go the other way. But part of me wanted to allow him ... this was a time, as it is with all the players, they don't owe us anything. This is their moment to be a free agent. He doesn't have to tell me. He didn't even have to say anything then. He could have said 'Tune in, I'll let you know' or he could have done whatever he wanted to do. He's earned that.

"So for me, I was hopeful that I'd get an answer and I did. And that's when he chose to give it, which was his prerogative. So when I got there, we talked about a ton of different things, but obviously, it got to that point and he said he wasn't coming back and I asked him for his thoughts and he told me what they were."

Durant's exit from the Bay closed one of the most historic runs in sports.

Since the 2014 NBA MVP arrived in Oakland, the Warriors nearly were unbeatable, winning two NBA championships before losing a third after Durant ruptured his Achilles and Klay Thompson tore his ACL. At full strength with Durant, Curry, Thompson and Draymond Green, the Warriors were the greatest collection of talent in NBA history. A runaway freight train that couldn't be stopped once it went into high gear. A unit that had no problem toying with opponents for long stretches due to sheer boredom before turning it on and blowing the other team away.

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Durant will spend the next year in rehab, hoping to make his return to the court in the 2020-21 season, while the Warriors enter the next season unsure of what the future holds. Can Curry, Green and new-addition D'Angelo Russell keep the Warriors alive until Thompson returns from his ACL rehab near the end of the season?

It's a new day in the NBA, but the Warriors and Durant always will have those three historic years.

Check out Chase Center's progress ahead of Warriors' home opener

Check out Chase Center's progress ahead of Warriors' home opener

If you haven't been paying attention to any progression photos for the new Chase Center, that's OK -- some people just want to be surprised when the Oct. 24 home opener comes around.

This post isn't for those people.

A photo recently surfaced to show that the new home of the Warriors is coming together nicely:

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Chase Center recently just added an outdoor video board and the word "huge" doesn't do it justice -- it covers an entire portion of the building.

And some internal views:

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A preseason game against the Los Angeles Lakers will be played in the San Francisco arena Oct. 5.

The Warriors will host Kawhi Leonard and the Clippers in the regular-season home opener Oct. 24.