Warriors better Bulls to set a franchise record with their 12th straight victory


Mon, Dec 08, 2014 - Page 20

Draymond Green scored a career-high 31 points as the Golden State Warriors beat the Chicago Bulls 112-102 on Saturday to set a franchise record with their 12th straight victory.

Klay Thompson added 24 points for the Warriors, who extended their league-best record to 17-2.

Jimmy Butler led the Bulls with 24 points, while Pau Gasol added 22 points and 20 rebounds.

The Warriors improved to 10-1 on the road. They previously won a franchise-record 11 straight games from Dec. 29, 1971 to Jan. 22, 1972.

The Bulls fell to just 2-5 at home.

During the warmup, Chicago point guard Derrick Rose wore a black “I Can’t Breathe” T-shirt, referring to a New York man who died on July 17 after a police officer placed him in a chokehold when he was being arrested for selling loose, untaxed cigarettes.

A grand jury decided it would not indict the officer in Eric Garner’s death.

A recording of the arrest showed Garner gasping: “I can’t breathe” during the fatal encounter.

Thousands have protested the grand jury decision around the US.

76ERS 108, PISTONS 101, OT

In Auburn Hills, Michigan, Hollis Thompson’s three-pointer in the final seconds sent the game to overtime as Philadelphia outlasted Detroit in a matchup of the teams with the NBA’s two worst records.

Detroit (3-17) dropped their 11th straight and now lead the 76ers (2-18) by only a game in the standings. Philadelphia have won two of three since starting the season 0-17.

Thompson tied it at 100 when he sank a fadeaway shot from the right corner with 13.4 seconds left in regulation. The Pistons managed only one point in overtime.

The teams entered with a combined record of 4-34, the second-worst in NBA history for teams about to play each other — with a minimum of 38 combined games.

The 76ers and the Buffalo Braves were 4-35 entering their meeting on Nov. 24, 1972, according to STATS.

Robert Covington scored 25 points for Philadelphia, while Josh Smith led Detroit with 23 points, eight rebounds and seven assists.


In Sacramento, California, Tobias Harris scored a season-high 27 points for Orlando, while Channing Frye made a game-changing three-pointer late in the fourth quarter.

Victor Oladipo had 16 points, seven assists and five rebounds, helping the Magic to their second straight win following back-to-back losses to Golden State and the Los Angeles Clippers.

The Magic (9-14) led most of the game and were up by 16 early in the fourth quarter, before holding off a late Sacramento push to end a four-game losing streak to the Kings.

Darren Collison scored 22 points for Sacramento, while Jason Thompson had 18.

The Kings have dropped five of six.

Saturday’s other results:

‧ Rockets 100, Suns 95

‧ Spurs 123, Timberwolves 101

‧ Clippers 120, Pelicans 100