Warriors make NBA history with 70-point halftime-margin swing on consecutive nights against Bucks, Bulls

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Every team looks to bounce back strong after a big loss, but the Golden State Warriors took things to historic levels on Friday night. After trailing by 39 points at halftime en route to a 118-99 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday, the Warriors turned around and built a 31-point halftime lead against the Chicago Bulls in a victory by 138-96 the next night.

The 70-point discrepancy in halftime scoring margins is the largest for any NBA team on consecutive days in the shot clock era. according to ESPN Stats and Info.

The two games were absolute polar opposites, and you probably wouldn’t have even guessed that the Warriors team that played on Friday was the same one that played on Thursday. In addition to the shock result, the Warriors were without Klay Thompson and Gary Payton II, who started the night before against the Bucks.

Golden State shot just 27 percent from the field in the first half at Milwaukee when trailing 77-38 before halftime, including 5-for-24 from 3-point range, and allowed the Bucks to shoot 63 percent from the field. . On Friday, the Warriors shot 58 percent from the field in the first half, including 11 of 24 from behind the 3-point line, as they built a 78-47 lead, while the Bulls shot 5 of 18 from long range. distance. distance and shot 45 percent of his shots from the field.

Andrew Wiggins led the Warriors with 20 points in the first half against Chicago, while Stephen Curry, Jordan Poole and Jonathan Kuminga scored in double figures. Veteran forward Andre Iguodala also had one of the best passes you’ll see all season in the second quarter.

The offensive explosion came at the perfect time for the Warriors, who had put up just 96.4 points per 100 possessions in the previous five games, the lowest rate in the league in that span. It’s also impressive that they were able to do it without Thompson, Draymond Green and other key players against a Bulls team that has been a top-10 defense for most of the season.

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