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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:

KLAY'S BULLS-EYE

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.

THROW THE TOWEL

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.

BULL CRAP

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.

Lou Williams trolls Mistah FAB after Warriors' Game 5 loss to Clippers

Lou Williams trolls Mistah FAB after Warriors' Game 5 loss to Clippers

You just knew Lou Williams was going to let the Warriors hear it about this one.

After the Clippers stunned the Warriors in Game 5 of their first-round NBA playoff series in Oakland on Wednesday night, Williams had a gift for rapper and Dubs superfan Mistah FAB, who was sitting courtside.

Williams finished the game with a team-high 33 points and 10 assists in the 129-121 win over the Warriors.

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Williams was cold-blooded during the game, and he was cold-blooded after it.

Now, instead of resting in the Bay Area for a few days, the Warriors have to get on a plane and fly back to Los Angeles for Game 6 on Friday night.

Warriors takeaways: What we learned in 129-121 Game 5 loss vs. Clippers

Warriors takeaways: What we learned in 129-121 Game 5 loss vs. Clippers

OAKLAND -- Even as Steve Kerr spent three days talking about the difficulties the Warriors would face in trying to oust the Clippers from the playoffs, he could not have imagined what transpired Wednesday night.

This was Los Angeles performing surgery without anesthesia and the Warriors came away with a painful 129-121 loss in Game 5 of this first-round series.

The Warriors own a three-games-to-two series lead as the teams go back to Los Angeles for Game 6 Friday night at Staples Center.

Here are three takeaways from the game:

The defense rested

For a team on a quest to play into June, the Warriors in this game looked a lot like a bunch ready to go on vacation before May.

This was profoundly obvious on defense, where they were by turns sloppy, indifferent, inattentive and simply less determined than the Clippers were on offense. It was so bad at times you wondered if they’d watched any video.

Guard Lou Williams, under wraps in Games 3 and 4, scored 18 points in the first half and 33 for the game. Forward Danilo Gallinari, contained all series, scored 16 points in the first half and 26 for the game. Patrick Beverley, known mostly for his defense, totaled 17 points.

The Warriors last season amped up their defense in the playoffs. With a chance to put away the Clippers, they couldn’t seem to find the energy. Los Angeles shot 54.1 percent from the field.

Look no further to discern how the Warriors lost this one.

Pounded in the paint

The Clippers shot reasonably well from deep (13-of-34), but they didn’t have to rely on that because they had plenty of success attacking the paint.

LA piled up 54 points in the paint (the Warriors had 34), with hyperactive Montrezl Harrell (24 points, 11-of-14 from the field) continuing his ferocious work inside. Williams also torched the Warriors with his drives and floaters.

The Clippers dominated the glass for most of the night before ending with a 42-39 advantage, with Beverley -- a tenacious 6-foot-1 -- snagging a game-high 11 rebounds.

Don’t blame KD

If you’re looking for a bright spot, turn to Kevin Durant. He was mostly solid on defense, but nothing short of fantastic on offense.

Durant scored 45 points on 14-of-26 shooting, including 5-of-12 from beyond the arc and 12-of-12 from the line. Over the course of the game, he lit up JaMychal Green, Landry Shamet, Beverley and Gallinari.

For the heck of it, Durant also had six rebounds and six assists.

What he didn’t have was enough help.