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Taj Gibson scores 21, Bulls drub Warriors

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Carlos Boozer put up his 18th double-double this season, scoring 15 points and registering 13 rebounds, to help the Chicago Bulls easily get by the Golden State Warriors, 103-83. This is the eighth win for Chicago (31-26) in its last 10 games.

Boozer went 6-11 from the field. Taj Gibson also contributed for Chicago, finishing with 21 points and 5 rebounds. On 5-10 shooting (1-3 on 3-point attempts), in addition to going 5-5 from the free throw line, Jordan Crawford put up 16 points off the bench for Golden State in the loss.

The offense of Chicago won the rebounding battle, as two elite units collided. They finished the contest with an OR% of 33.3%, and rank second in the NBA in that category on the season (28.5%). The defense of Golden State collects rebounds at a rate of 75.8%, good for fourth in the league in DR%. The Warriors posted an eFG% of just 38.7%, including 23.8% from 3-point range. This year, they are winless (0-3) when they record marks below 45% and 30% in those respective categories. On the other hand, the Bulls are 13-3 when holding their opponents to such low percentages.

This defeat means an end to a four-game winning streak for Golden State, pushing their record to 35-23 for the year.

Coming up, the Bulls square off against the Dallas Mavericks, who are 36-23 on the season. The Warriors match up against the New York Knicks, currently sitting at 21-36 this year. The Bulls are 0-1 versus Dallas this season.


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