CHICAGO -- A strong first quarter set the tone and the Chicago Bulls dominated the glass on the way to a wire-to-wire 103-87 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Friday at the United Center. Chicago guard Kirk Hinrich scored a season-high 25 points, knocking down 6 of 7 shots from 3-point range. This was his second 20-point performance in the last three games after not reaching that total previously this season. The Warriors had been on a roll recently, with home wins over the Oklahoma City Thunder and Los Angeles Clippers this week. The Bulls haven't always been great at home. This win gave them a 14-11 record at the United Center. "There's a good calmness, but also a readiness and sense of urgency at the same time," Hinrich said. "I think we kind of had that edge." The Bulls jumped to early leads of 12-2 and 25-9. Their advantage was in double digits from the 5-minute mark of the first quarter through the rest of the game. "I thought readiness to play was very, very good," Chicago coach Tom Thibodeau said. "I thought it was important for us to get the lead." Golden State came into this game ranked No. 1 in the league defensive rebound percentage. The Bulls finished with a commanding 56-37 edge in rebounds, while all three front-line starters recorded double-doubles. Joakim Noah finished with 14 points and 16 rebounds, Carlos Boozer had 15 points and 13 boards, while Jimmy Butler added 16 points and a career-high 12 rebounds. Backup point guard Nate Robinson contributed 22 points. "We just went after the ball," said Noah, who was named to the Eastern Conference All-Star team Thursday for the first time. "We knew that they were playing some really good basketball and I think we played with the right edge tonight. We just played probably one of our best games." Warriors forward David Lee, also named as a Western Conference All-Star reserve, scored 17 of his 23 points in the second quarter. Guard Stephen Curry, who didn't get the All-Star call, added 21 points. Hinrich's second 3-pointer of the night gave Chicago a 30-11 lead in the final minute of the first quarter. The Bulls then scored on their first 11 possessions of the second quarter, while Golden State couldn't grab a single rebound. Chicago hit 11 of 17 shots during that stretch and secured all six offensive boards. The Bulls' rebounding advantage at halftime was 29-12. "We just got outworked tonight," Warriors coach Mark Jackson said. "We did not have the right mindset from the start. That was not Warrior basketball. It was just a very disappointing performance by us." The Warriors made a 12-0 run late in the second quarter, capped by a Curry 3-pointer. Golden State got as close as 65-55 with 9:07 left in the third quarter after a driving layup by Klay Thompson. Chicago came back with an 8-2 run and went up 73-57 on a Richard Hamilton jumper. "We were just a step slow and they were a little more physical," Curry said. "From the start, they executed offensively at a high level. We just didn't execute or match that high intensity." The Bulls have now won 40 straight games when scoring at least 100 points. That's one short of the NBA record, set by San Antonio from 2003-05. Notes: Curry said Friday he quickly got over the disappointment of not making the all-star team. He offered appreciation to TNT analyst Charles Barkley for expressing so much anger at Curry's snub. ... Noah, a first-time all-star selection, thanked just about everyone from his past in a series of Twitter messages. "This organization, they believed in me," Noah said Friday. "I came in as a young, loud, probably a little immature and with a big mouth, and they always believed in me." ... The Bulls' second all-star, forward Luol Deng, missed his fourth straight game with a right hamstring strain. He felt there's a chance he could play Saturday at Washington. ... Heading into Friday's action, Robinson had scored exactly 11 points in four straight games.
Bulls blow away WarriorsBy The Sports Xchange | The SportsXchange – Sat, Jan 26, 2013 12:10 AM EST
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