Warriors have a record-breaking night against the Bulls on Monday
CHICAGO – There was a time when the Bulls were on the right side of history, but it’s been a while now. Games like Monday are a bit more typical now than they were in the past.
Yet even in the thick of a franchise rebuild, Monday night was quite something. History was made at their expense in a couple of ways.
Defending champion Golden State rolled into the United Center, nearly scored 100 points in the first half, had one of their players break the NBA three-pointer record, and then played the fourth quarter.
When the buzzer mercifully sounded, the Bulls had given up 149 points in a in a 25-point defeat to the Warriors. Their 92 points allowed in the first half were the second-most in NBA history, and Klay Thompson’s 14 three-pointers broke the NBA record set by his teammate Stephen Curry in November of 2016.
Oh, he also scored 52 points before being pulled after 26 minutes as Golden State set the record for points scored by a team since the United Center opened in 1994. Meanwhile, the Bulls fall to 2-5 on the season as they allowed over 110 points for the sixth time in seven games.
It’s the second time that the Warriors have scored over 140 points against the Bulls, having gotten 143 in a game in Oakland last November. Over the last three games against Golden State, the Bulls are giving up an average of 137 points per game.
Stephen Curry added 23 points to the Warriors’ effort while Chicago-native Alfonzo McKinnie had a career-high 19 points with four-three pointers. Zach LaVine and Antonio Blakeney chipped in 21 points each to lead the Bulls.
Their efforts along with their teammates were futile against a strong Warriors attack led by Thompson, who tied an NBA-record with ten first-half three-pointers which added to his 36 points. Golden State’s 92 points were the second-highest for a first half in NBA history, second only to the Suns who got 107 points against the Nuggets on November 10th, 1990.
Thompson continued his hot shooting into the third quarter and broke Curry’s record for three-pointers with 4:53 to go in the third quarter with plenty of cheers coming from the United Center crowd. The Warriors deserved the admiration from the crowd since this was quite a historic performance in the venue.