Who knew the Turner Broadcasting would have such an emotional pull on the Chicago Bulls?
The last time the Bulls lost a home game that was broadcast on TNT was 2013. Let that sink in.
Something had to give Thursday night at the United Center. The visiting Golden State Warriors were coming into Thursday night's after without one of their stars Kevin Durant who is sidelined with an MCL sprain, and had a rough outing Monday night in Denver. Steve Kerr's team had no chance, as the #TNTBulls beat Golden State 94-87. Not only did the Bulls make history winning their 18th TNT home game in a row, they also gave the first place team in the Western Conference back-to-back regular season losses for the first time in since April 2015. It was a night filled with history on the west side.
Slop was the common theme throughout the first 12 minutes of this one. Neither team could get in any sort of rhythm, and it showed. The common theme for the Warriors throughout the entire game was missed threes, and a tough start didn't help. They shot 1-of-6 from beyond the arc in the first quarter. For the Bulls, Bobby Portis started off strong. The new starting forward for Fred Hoiberg scored 7 points, and grabbed 5 rebounds. He would finish the game with 17 points and 13 rebounds. Certainly an impressive performance from the former Arkansas Razorback Thursday night. Even with the poor shooting Golden State went into the 2nd up 26-19.
Both teams seemed to pick up the pace in the 2nd quarter. The Bulls shot 54% from the field in the second, and started to attack the basket. Paul Zipser returned from injury and was 3-of-4 from the field in the second. It will be interesting to see how many minutes the German gets moving forward, but it sounds like the front office is quite fond of this young man.
The third quarter belonged to the Bulls. They outscored the Warriors 32-to-22 and only attempted 2 threes. Rajon Rondo, who exited the game pretty early on with foul trouble, came back with a vengeance. He scored 8 points and looked extremely aggressive. Golden State could not buy a three all night. They had plenty of open looks, but none of them wanted to fall.They ended up shootin 6-of-30 from three, and 38% from the field. That is a recipe for disaster, especially if you rely on the three so much.
The fourth was about as ugly as the first, but the #TNTBulls magic prevailed. Chicago only scored 15 points in the final frame, but somehow came away with the win. The biggest shot of the game was a Paul Zipser three (crazy I know) as the shot clock expired to seal this one with 1:41 remaining. The Bulls were able to knock down their foul shots, and history prevailed.
The Clippers come into town to face off against the Bulls on Saturday. Sadly, this game will not be televised on TNT.