The Washington Post
Golden State overwhelms Chicago after Lavine exits with injury
WARRIORS 138, BULLS 96
Andrew Wiggins scored 21 points, Stephen Curry added 19, and the Golden State Warriors rolled to their most lopsided win of the season, dominating the Chicago Bulls, 138-96, on the road Friday night.
Rookie Jonathan Kuminga finished with 25 points for Golden State, and Jordan Poole scored 22.
The Warriors broke out of their rut in a huge way, pulling away early after dropping four of five. It was just the sort of breather they needed coming off a one-sided loss at the defending champion Milwaukee Bucks the previous night.
“We came out pretty determined,” Golden State Coach Steve Kerr said. “Obviously, they were behind the eight ball almost immediately when Zach [Lavine] got injured.”
The Bulls lost star Lavine to a left knee injury in the opening minutes. They got booed off the court trailing 78-47 at halftime and wound up with their worst loss this season.
Chicago Coach Billy Donovan said Lavine was not traveling with the Bulls to Boston for their game Saturday. The all-star and Olympic gold medalist was scheduled to have an MRI exam Saturday.
Lavine tore his left ACL while playing for the Minnesota Timberwolves in February 2017.
Wiggins scored 20 in the first half and shot 8 for 11 in the game. Curry shook off a slow start in a total turnaround for the Warriors after they trailed 77-38 at halftime in Milwaukee on Thursday.
Poole nailed five three-pointers, and the Warriors made it look easy even though they were missing Klay Thompson and Draymond Green.
Nikola Vucevic had 19 points and 14 rebounds for Chicago. Coby White added 20 points, and DeMar Derozan scored 17.
LLPISTONS 103, RAPTORS Trey Lyles scored 21 points as Detroit extended its surprising stretch by beating visiting Toronto. The Pistons are 5-3 in 2022 after finishing 2021 with 18 losses in their last 19 games.
Fred Vanvleet had 24 points and 10 assists for the Raptors but shot 6 for 21 from the field.
76ERS 111, CELTICS 99: Joel Embiid had 25 points and 13 rebounds as host Philadelphia ended Boston’s three-game winning streak.
Embiid finished five points short of setting a franchise record with 30 or more points in nine straight games. He remains tied with Allen Iverson and Wilt Chamberlain for the club mark.
Jaylen Brown scored 21 points for the Celtics.
MAGIC 116, HORNETS 109: Moritz Wagner scored a seasonhigh 26 points and brother Franz added 19 points and seven assists as Orlando won in Charlotte to snap a 10-game losing streak.
Gary Harris added 18 points for the Magic. Lamelo Ball had 23 points and eight assists for the Hornets.
HEAT 124, HAWKS 118: Tyler Herro scored 24 points, Jimmy Butler returned from a threegame absence with a sprained ankle to add 23, and Miami rallied in the fourth quarter to win its seventh straight at home.
Trae Young had 24 points for Atlanta.
CAVALIERS 114, SPURS 109: Darius Garland scored 28 points, and visiting Cleveland won its third straight and extended San Antonio’s losing streak to five.
Dejounte Murray had 30 points, 14 rebounds and eight assists for the Spurs.
Before the game, the Cavaliers said they are bringing back former guard José Calderón as a special adviser in their front office.
LLSUNS 112, PACERS 94: In Indianapolis, Devin Booker scored 35 points and Deandre Ayton had 27 points and 12 rebounds as Nba-leading Phoenix handled Indiana.
Justin Holiday scored 25 points for the Pacers.
Durant fined for foul language
Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant was fined $15,000 for using profane language during an interview after a 114-108 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday night.