The last time Chicago visited Golden State on January 28th, they won in OT by a two-point margin handing the Warriors a rare loss at home but Friday that wouldn’t be so.
Coming off a back to back history making 23-point deficit win over the L.A. Clippers the Warriors rolled to a 106-94 victory over the Derek Rose-less Chicago Bulls.
“I thought we really competed. We battled, battled them the whole time. They made a couple big plays down the stretch,” said Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg.
The Warriors are the second team since the 1957-1958 Boston Celtics for a best start by a defending champion at 14-0.
“It was a total team effort tonight and that team was no joke, they gave us a run for our money tonight,” said Warriors center Festus Ezeli.
The Warriors won a franchise record 18th consecutive regular season game and their 26th win at home in front of a sellout crowd of 19,596.
League MVP Stephen Curry served up his used menu of points finishing with 27 and Harrison Barnes continues to flourish finishing with 20.
Although the Warriors are knocking on the history making books, some still doubt the legitimacy of their championship win over the Cavaliers and they know all about those who doubt them.
“You hear people say things, but our mantra is ‘just us,’ said Ezeli. “As a team, all the time we say ‘just us’ but it’s not just something we say. We say it because what we care about right now is the opinions that are in the locker room. The coaches, players, that’s all we care about. Everybody else is going to say what they say but that doesn’t change how we play or change what we do. We just have to keep competing and doing what we do. It’ll all come out in the wash like Coach Kerr says.”
So far what has come out in the wash is Western Conference Player of the Week honors for Curry in the first week of the season and a team working on all cylinders despite the absence of their head coach Steve Kerr who is out indefinitely from neck surgery.
“Our guys know how to win,” said interim head coach Luke Walton, “It’s pretty impressive.”
Walton and his ‘impressive' team head to Denver to face the Nuggets this Sunday prior to hosting the L.A. Lakers on Tuesday.
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