Heading off to Oakland — a notoriously tough place to play — to face a presumptive playoff team in the Golden State Warriors just two days after a 42-point embarrassment of a loss against the Sacramento Kings, it would not have been unreasonable to expect the Bulls to get slaughtered Friday night. And yet, the opposite occurred, much to the shock and delight of all Bulls fans.
All five Bulls starters scored in double figures, with Luol Deng, Carlos Boozer and Nate Robinson all scoring 20 or more, while Joakim Noah scored 16 and added 13 rebounds. For the Warriors, Stephen Curry, generally regarded as one of the best shooters in the league, shot just 2/13 from the field and saw his three-pointer made streak end after 53 games.
On the heels of their worst game in the Thibodeau Era, the Bulls came back with one of their best. Now the Bulls get the rest of the weekend off before returning home to play the white-hot Denver Nuggets on Monday. The Nuggets blew the doors off the Bulls last month in Denver, so it will be interesting to see how that plays out. But it was good to see the Bulls not be terrible, at least for a night.
On to the next one.