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            === Curry, Warriors bounce back with win over Bulls ===
 
 Oakland,  CA (SportsNetwork.com)  - Stephen Curry carried the Warriors with 34
 points  on 13-of-19 shooting and added nine assists for good measure as Golden
 State shook off a slow start and topped the Chicago Bulls 102-87 on Thursday.
 
 Klay  Thompson chipped in with 22 points for the Warriors, who were coming off
 a rare lopsided home loss to the Bobcats on Tuesday.
 
 Taj  Gibson  got the  start at  power forward  in place  of the injured Carlos
 Boozer  (left calf strain) and posted 26 points and 13 rebounds for the Bulls,
 who fell to 2-3 on their six-game road trip.
 
 The  starting frontcourt  for  the  Warriors, center  Andrew  Bogut and  power
 forward  David  Lee, were also sidelined  with injuries, and their absence was
 felt early on.
 
 "We  are a  no excuse basketball team, so  whoever is in uniform it is a great
 opportunity for them to step up and take advantage of the opportunity in front
 them," Golden State coach Mark Jackson said.
 
 The  Bulls jumped out to a 34-18 lead just two minutes into the second quarter
 by connecting on 14 of their first 22 shots. Kirk Hinrich and his backup, D.J.
 Augustin,  combined  for 17  at that  point, but they  were quickly trumped by
 Curry's torrid display over the final seven minutes of the second frame.
 
 The All-Star guard poured in 16 points during the stretch, including the final
 seven points of the half to put the Warriors in front 50-46 at the break.
 
 Golden  State took a 76-68 advantage into the fourth thanks to Chicago missing
 11  of its last 12 shots in the third, and an 8-0 run spurred by 3-pointers by
 Harrison  Barnes  and Curry stretched  the margin  to 89-77 midway through the
 final stanza.
 
 Back-to-back  triples  by Tony Snell  and Jimmy  Butler followed by two Butler
 free  throws with 2:33 to go cut Chicago's deficit to six, but Jordan Crawford
 answered  by rattling  in a corner 3,  and the Warriors held on over the final
 two minutes.
 
 "I thought it was a winnable game down the stretch and we didn't get it done,"
 Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Lee,  out  with a  sprained left  shoulder, will also  miss Saturday's game at
 Phoenix  ... Bogut  is dealing with shoulder and knee injuries but is expected
 to  play Saturday ... Curry recorded his 2,000th career assist ... Hinrich and
 Augustin finished with 15 and 10 points, respectively ... Joakim Noah recorded
 11  assists,  10 boards  and seven points  in a losing  effort ... Gibson's 26
 points  tied a  career high ... The  Bulls won both of last season's meetings,
 but  have dropped 12 of their 15 trips to Oracle Arena ... Chicago will finish
 its road trip against the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday.
 
 02/07 03:03:19 ET

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