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Stephen Curry leads Warriors past Bulls 102-87 (w/video)

  • Golden State Warriors small forward Andre Iguodala (9) controls a pass from point guard Stephen Curry (not pictured) against Chicago Bulls power forward Taj Gibson (22) during the second quarter at Oracle Arena. (KELLEY L. COX / USA Today)

OAKLAND -- Point guard Stephen Curry poured in 34 points Thursday night as the Golden State Warriors rallied from a 16-point, first-half deficit to thump the Chicago Bulls 102-87 in a nationally televised game.

With new NBA commissioner Adam Silver in attendance, the Warriors (30-20) won for the third time in four games even though they faced the Bulls without center Andrew Bogut (sore shoulder) and power forward David Lee (sore shoulder and hip).

Golden State reached the 50-game mark with 30 wins, matching the record it compiled at the same point last season en route to the sixth seed in the Western Conference playoffs.

Curry scored 16 of his 34 points in the second quarter, rallying the Warriors to a lead they relinquished only briefly.

Reserve forward Harrison Barnes hit two 3-pointers and Curry buried his third 3 of the night over an 82-second span of the fourth quarter, allowing the Warriors to pull away after Chicago closed to within 78-74.

The Bulls (24-25) got no closer than six after that.

Golden State shooting guard Klay Thompson snapped a recent slump to drop in 22 points on 8-for-16 shooting. Backups Barnes and guard Jordan Crawford added 11 points apiece.

Curry, who made 13 of his 19 shots, also had nine assists, the second of which made him the ninth player in Warriors history to record at least 2,000 for a career.

Power forward Taj Gibson, starting in place of Carlos Boozer, who suffered a strained calf before the game, led Chicago with 26 points and 13 rebounds.

Point guard Kirk Hinrich had 15 points, guard Jimmy Butler scored 14, backup guard D.J. Augustin added 10 and center Joakim Noah compiled 11 assists, 10 rebounds and seven points for the Bulls, who were playing for the fifth time on their six-game Western trip.

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