Warriors roll to most lopsided win, beating Bulls 138-96

CHICAGO – Andrew Wiggins scored 21 points, Stephen Curry added 19 and the Golden State Warriors rolled to their most lopsided win of the season, dominating the Chicago Bulls 138-96 on Friday night.

Rookie Jonathan Kuminga finished with 25 points and Jordan Poole scored 22.

The Warriors broke out of their rut in a huge way, pulling out early after dropping four out of five. It was just the kind of breather they needed after a one-sided loss to defending champion Milwaukee the previous night.

The Bulls lost star Zach LaVine in the opening minutes to a left knee injury. They were booed off the field trailing 78-47 at halftime to end with their worst loss of the season.

Wiggins scored 20 in the first half and shot 8 of 11 in the game. Curry shook off a slow start in a total turnaround for the Warriors after trailing 77-38 at halftime in Milwaukee on Thursday.

Poole scored five three-pointers and the Warriors made it look easy even though they missed Klay Thompson and Draymond Green.

Nikola Vucevic had 19 points and 14 rebounds for Chicago. Coby White added 20 points and DeMar DeRozan scored 17.

But the Bulls lost for the third time in four games after nine wins in a row, equaling their best run since the end of the 2010-11 regular season.

Things took an alarming turn for them when LaVine — who tore the ACL in his left knee for Minnesota in February 2017 — cautiously walked into the locker room with 8:28 to go in the first quarter. The All-Star and Olympic gold medalist never went to ground.

It didn’t get any better for the Bulls from then on.

After hanging out with Kevin Durant and the Nets in the third quarter before Brooklyn blew them out two nights earlier, they were never really into this.

The Warriors led the first quarter 37-28, despite just two points from Curry, and defeated Chicago 41-19 in the second. The 78 points were the most in a half for Golden State this season and the most allowed by the Bulls.

Curry scored the first six runs in an 11-0 run that Wiggins ended with a drive-bank shot, making it 54-33 with about 7 minutes left at halftime.

TIP-INS

Warriors: The Warriors rested Thompson as scheduled after playing 20 minutes in Milwaukee in his third game back. They plan to “pop him up a bit” when they head to Minnesota on Sunday, said coach Steve Kerr. The five-time All-Star missed 2 1/2 years due to a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament and Achilles tendon injury. … Kerr is “hopeful” Green (left calf tightness) returns Tuesday when the Warriors host Detroit. Green missed his third straight game and Kerr said it makes more sense to let him rehab in the Bay Area rather than join the team in Minnesota.

Bulls: G Alex Caruso had no plans to travel to Boston and Memphis with the team. He missed his 11th straight game in the past five due to COVID-19 after being sidelined with a sprained left foot. … The Bulls signed F Malcolm Hill to a 10-day hardship contract. Hill played in Illinois from 2013-14 to 2016-17 and grew up near St. Louis in Belleville, Illinois.

NEXT ONE

Warriors: Visit Minnesota on Sunday.

Bulls: Visit Boston on Saturdays.

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