NBA: Warriors collapse with 42-point rout of Bulls, Mavs crush Grizzlies

(AFP) – The Golden State Warriors emerged from a slump with their most lopsided victory of the National Basketball Association (NBA) season on Friday, January 14, continuing their mastery of the Chicago Bulls by beating them 138-96 at the United Center .

Andrew Wiggins finished with a team-high 21 points and Stephen Curry delivered 19 as the Warriors rebounded from a 118-99 loss to defending champion Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday.

The loss to the Bucks was the Warriors’ fourth in their last five games.

“If you’re a good team, good things usually happen and you can usually bounce back,” Curry said. “I just like the way we responded.”

Rookie Jonathan Kuminga finished with 25 points and Jordan Poole scored 22 for the Warriors, who retired early to win their 10th straight game against the Bulls, including five in a row in Chicago.

“We came out pretty determined,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “Obviously they were behind the eight ball almost immediately when Zach (LaVine) got hurt.”

The Bulls’ problems increased after they were knocked out by the Brooklyn Nets two nights earlier.

Already down from a starting tackle with Derrick Jones sidelined with a hyper-extended right knee, Chicago lost to All-Star LaVine early in the game after injuring his right knee.

LaVine retired from the game committing an intentional foul. He appeared to injure his knee moments earlier as he looked for a rebound.

Nikola Vucevic had 19 points and 14 rebounds, Coby White added 20 points and DeMar DeRozan scored 17 for the Bulls, who were booed off the field trailing 78-47 at halftime. They suffered their worst defeat of the season.

The Warriors have rested Klay Thompson, who is coming back from a serious injury, so coach Steve Kerr doesn’t want to use him in back-to-back games.

Thompson played three games after returning from a two-and-a-half-year absence with a torn anterior cruciate ligament and an Achilles tendon injury.

In Memphis, Luka Doncic recorded his fourth triple-double of the season as the Dallas Mavericks ended the Memphis Grizzlies franchise-record winning streak at 11 games with a 112-85 victory.

Doncic had 27 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists for his 40th career triple-double.

Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 16 points, Jalen Brunson contributed 15 points, nine assists for Dallas, which won for the seventh time in its last eight games. The Mavericks beat Memphis 62-30 in the second half.

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