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Golden State can't counter Rose's speed, Bogans' size

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Derrick Rose finishes off a stylish slam dunk on his way to a 22-point, 13-assist effort in the Bulls' runaway victory.


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It turns out the Golden State Warriors' high-scoring young backcourt is a pretty good matchup for the Bulls, and it resulted in a 120-90 blowout win Thursday night at the United Center.

The Warriors tried using Stephen Curry to guard Derrick Rose. Not a good idea. Curry is one of the slower starting guards in the league, and he simply was unable to keep pace with Rose, who blew past him repeatedly in half-court sets and in transition.

Meanwhile, Keith Bogans' 6-5, 215-pound frame and determined effort kept the Warriors' leading scorer, guard Monta Ellis, out of sync throughout the game -- especially in the first quarter.

''I just wanted to make everything tough on him,'' Bogans said. ''He's a great player and a great scorer.''

''Keith was making Monta take shots he didn't want to take,'' Rose said.

The two mismatches were apparent from the beginning and had the Bulls out to a quick start, jumping out to a 30-16 lead after a powerful Rose dunk with 2:02 to play in the first quarter. That followed a sweetly choreographed Rose-to-Bogans-back-to-Rose fastbreak that was the first real glimpse of chemistry between Rose and any of the four new guards this season.

Rose finished with 22 points and 13 assists. Bogans scored 14 and grabbed six steals.

''We started off aggressive,'' Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said. ''We were shrinking the floor and moving our feet. I thought we did a better job. We're making progress.''

Golden State turned the ball over nine times in the first quarter and trailed 34-20. The Bulls opened the second with three consecutive baskets to grab a 20-point lead and effectively take the wind out of the Warriors, who were playing their second road game in two nights.

''When a team is coming in on back-to-back games, we have to speed up the offense to take advantage of that,'' Rose said.

Luol Deng led the way for the Bulls with 26 points, 11 rebounds and six assists.

Taj Gibson's rebound and put-back with 3:28 to play in the third quarter gave the Bulls a 35-point advantage at 91-56.

Ellis led the Warriors with 24 points and Curry finished with 17, but both were held below their season averages.

Despite the blowout score, Thibodeau kept the Bulls at a seven-man rotation until the fourth quarter. Ronnie Brewer and C.J. Watson were the only bench players who received significant minutes.

The Warriors were without their starting power forward and leading rebounder, David Lee, who injured his left arm Wednesday against the New York Knicks when he bumped Wilson Chandler in the mouth, knocking Chandler's tooth out.

Joakim Noah's double-double streak ended at six games, but he still had a productive game, finishing with 17 points and seven rebounds in front of his father, Yannick, who was watching courtside.

The Bulls set a team record for fewest fouls in a game with seven. The previous low was nine fouls on Jan. 21, 1997, against the Knicks.BULLS 120 WARRIORS 90Golden State 20 18 25 27 -- 90

BULLS 34 32 28 26 -- 120

Golden St. min fg-a ft-a o-t a pf pts

DWright 35:10 5-13 0-0 1-8 2 1 12

BWright 15:36 2-6 0-0 2-3 0 1 4

Biedrins 22:20 1-3 0-0 5-5 2 3 2

Curry 30:58 7-18 1-2 0-3 6 2 17

Ellis 36:40 10-20 4-4 0-5 5 0 24

Radmanvic 23:25 4-9 0-0 4-6 0 5 9

Gadzuric 20:42 4-8 0-0 5-6 0 3 8

Lin 9:01 0-2 0-0 0-0 1 0 0

Carney 17:38 2-5 0-1 0-1 0 0 5

Williams 14:39 3-7 0-0 0-1 1 0 7

Adrien 6:26 1-2 0-0 1-1 0 1 2

Bell 7:25 0-2 0-0 0-0 3 0 0

Totals 240:00 39-95 5-7 18-39 20 16 90

Percentages: FG .411, FT .714. 3-Point Goals: 7-23, .304 (Curry 2-5, D.Wright 2-7, Carney 1-1, Radmanovic 1-3, Williams 1-3, Bell 0-1, Ellis 0-3). Team Rebounds: 6. Team Turnovers: 19 (31 pts). Blocked Shots: 4 (Gadzuric, Radmanovic, B.Wright, D.Wright). Turnovers: 19 (Curry 5, Ellis 4, Biedrins 3, D.Wright 3, Adrien, Bell, Lin, B.Wright). Steals: 9 (Curry 5, Biedrins, Carney, Ellis, Lin). Technical Fouls: None.

BULLS min fg-a ft-a o-t a pf pts

Deng 39:35 9-19 6-7 3-11 6 0 26

Gibson 25:46 5-10 4-4 3-7 0 3 14

Noah 32:56 6-10 5-6 3-7 5 1 17

Rose 36:42 10-17 2-2 1-3 13 0 22

Bogans 35:34 6-10 0-0 0-5 2 1 14

Brewer 21:06 1-4 0-0 1-2 1 0 2

Asik 11:03 3-4 2-2 0-5 0 0 8

Watson 17:05 2-3 2-2 0-4 2 0 7

Korver 13:56 4-5 0-0 0-1 0 1 10

Johnson 3:31 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 1 0

Scalabrine 2:46 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0

Totals 240:00 46-84 21-23 11-46 29 7 120

Percentages: FG .548, FT .913. 3-Point Goals: 7-19, .368 (Korver 2-3, Deng 2-5, Bogans 2-6, Watson 1-2, Rose 0-3). Team Rebounds: 7. Team Turnovers: 14 (16 pts). Blocked Shots: 10 (Gibson 3, Deng 2, Noah 2, Bogans, Korver, Rose). Turnovers: 12 (Rose 3, Asik 2, Korver 2, Bogans, Brewer, Gibson, Noah, Scalabrine). Steals: 14 (Bogans 6, Gibson 2, Brewer, Deng, Noah, Rose, Scalabrine, Watson). Technical Fouls: Bogans, 7:38 third.

Officials--Ron Garretson, Jason Phillips, Karl Lane. A--21,140 (20,917). T--2:04.

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