Klay Thompson 30 Points Lead Warriors Past Bulls
Trailing at halftime, the Golden State Warriors staged a thrilling comeback fueled by Klay Thompson’s second-half explosion. Thompson erupted for 30 points, including five key three-pointers, while Stephen Curry added 15 of his 27 points in the clutch fourth quarter, propelling the Warriors to a 140-131 victory over the Chicago Bulls
“While I know I personally have room to improve my shooting, it’s incredible to come together as a team and secure this victory. We always strive to hold ourselves to high standards, and while there might be some disappointment in not playing our absolute best, the bigger picture is that we fought hard and collectively delivered tonight.”
Despite an off shooting night (8-of-24), Curry orchestrated the Warriors’ late comeback (9 assists) as they obliterated a 13-point deficit in under 5 minutes during the third quarter. Wiggins (17 points, 8 assists) and Kuminga (24 points off the bench) provided crucial offense alongside Curry’s playmaking genius.
“This was a crucial game for us, especially before heading on the road,” Thompson emphasized. “We knew we needed to secure this win, and when our energy and spirit are high, things generally fall into place for us.”
Despite DeRozan’s scorching 39-point performance and a near-perfect shooting night (58.1%), the Bulls couldn’t overcome their surprising weakness – turnovers. Golden State dominated the turnover battle 12-3, proving that efficiency alone wasn’t enough to secure victory. LaVine’s return from injury brought a 25-point, 8-rebound, 7-assist effort, but it wasn’t enough to prevent the Bulls’ first loss since his comeback.
Coby White was on fire in the first half, pouring in 21 of his game-high 25 points before the break. His clutch 29-foot jumper at the buzzer sent the Bulls into halftime with a 75-62 lead, their highest-scoring half of the season. But White’s magic faded in the second half, and the Bulls couldn’t maintain their momentum. His driving layup with 2:57 left brought them within four, but that’s as close as they’d get, ultimately falling to the Warriors
“Hats off to the Warriors,” DeRozan acknowledged, his expression etched with both admiration and frustration. “They made some key adjustments at halftime, completely switched up their game plan, and showed why you can never underestimate them, even with a big lead.” (Image showcasing Warriors coach Steve Kerr drawing up plays on a whiteboard during halftime)
The Bulls’ celebratory halftime ceremony honoring 13 legends and their 1996 championship team turned bittersweet when boos for former GM Jerry Krause erupted, casting a shadow over the festivities. His widow, Thelma, sat visibly affected as the crowd’s disapproval echoed through the United Center.
“The team feels incomplete without Draymond,” Thompson declared, his voice tinged with anticipation. “His defensive leadership is unmatched, and he’s the glue that holds us together. Hopefully, his return happens soon, maybe in Memphis or Utah. His presence would be a game-changer, especially on the defensive end.