Just like the last few games, the Golden State Warriors found themselves in a dogfight coming down the stretch against the Chicago Bulls at Oracle Arena on Friday night. But thanks to the infamous “death” lineup and the typically raucous Oracle Crowd, the Warriors finished strong and took home a 106-94 victory to move to 14-0 on the season.
By moving to 14-0, the Warriors tied the 1957-58 Boston Celtics for best start for a defending champion in NBA history. Golden State can tie the 1993-94 Houston Rockets for best overall start in history at 15-0 with a win over the Denver Nuggets on Sunday.
But back to the death lineup. The Bulls, with no Derrick Rose, fought admirably all game and were right there in the fourth quarter. The game was even tied at 89-89 with 5:33 left. Luke Walton then unleashed the death lineup with the Warriors up 92-89 with 3:58 left. That means that group of terror finished the game on a 14-5 run, with Harrison Barnes providing the juice on offense with two dagger three-pointers.
This was a game where the Warriors clearly weren’t at their best. The Bulls played physical defense all night, and Golden State shot just 10-of-29 from three, with Stephen Curry going only 3-of-11. But in the end, the lineup of doom saved the day, giving the Warriors a shot at history.
And while Curry wasn’t at his best, this play was pretty dope:
Also, shout out to Jimmy Butler, who had the best individual performance of the night with 28 points, nine rebounds, seven assists, three steals and one awesome alley-oop:
Good job, good effort.