Given the way the Warriors played Wednesday night, you'd never know they arrived in Chicago a full day before the Bulls.
The Warriors appeared tired, looked sluggish and certainly were sloppy, earning every bit of the 103-83 demolition administered by the Bulls before a sellout crowd at United Center.
The loss brought an emphatic end to the Warriors' four-game win streak, and only a meaningless rally over the final minutes kept this from being the biggest margin of defeat this season. They were outplayed, outcoached, outhustled and outsmarted.
The Warriors' starting lineup – Andrew Bogut, Jermaine O'Neal, Andre Iguodala, Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry – combined for 34 total points.
After holding the Bulls to 25-percent shooting in the first quarter, the Warriors (35-23) allowed Chicago to shoot 51 percent the rest of the game.
After shooting 45.5 percent in the first quarter, the Warriors shot 31.2 percent over the final three quarters. David Lee, playing for the first time since last Thursday and still recovering from a stomach flu, led Warriors scorers with 11 points.
The Bulls (31-26), who were coming off of a win at Atlanta on Tuesday night, have won seven of their last eight games.
STANDOUT PERFORMER: This is one of those rare instances when no Warrior stood out in any way, though Bogut and Iguodala somehow finished as the only members of the team in the plus category.
TURNING POINT: After the Warriors took a 24-18 lead with 30 seconds left in the second quarter, the Bulls took charge, going on an 18-5 run over the next seven minutes and outscoring them 38-21 over the rest of the half.
Chicago scored 11 points off seven Warriors turnovers in the second quarter – during which ex-Warrior Mike Dunleavy scored 11 points.
INJURY UPDATE: Lee (stomach flu) came off the bench for the first time since 2008 but expects to return to the starting lineup. C Festus Ezeli (right knee surgery) and G Nemanja Nedovic (strained left hamstring, right foot inflammation) are out indefinitely.
WHAT'S NEXT: The Warriors head for the Big Apple, where on Friday they face the Knicks at Madison Square Garden. The teams split two games last season, with Curry's 54-point effort in New York coming in a Warriors loss. The Warriors have won 15 of the last 20 meetings overall.