NBA DAILY DRIBBLE: Splash Brothers lift Warriors against raging Bulls

Golden State Warriors v Chicago Bulls

NBA results, January 18, 2018

Charlotte Hornets 133 – Washington Wizards 109

Atlanta Hawks 94 – New Orleans Pelicans 93

San Antonio Spurs 100 – Brooklyn Nets 95

Toronto Raptors 96 – Detroit Pistons 91

Golden State Warriors 119 – Chicago Bulls 112

Memphis Grizzlies 105 – New York Knicks 99

Miami Heat 106 – Milwaukee Bucks 101

OKC Thunder 114 – LA Lakers 90

Utah Jazz 120 – Sacramento Kings 105

LA Clippers 109 – Denver Nuggets 104

Three things that happened in the NBA today

1. Splash Brothers outshoot Chicago Bulls

It was a rough start for the Golden State Warriors in Chicago. In the very first play of the game, the Warriors lost Jordan Bell when he challenged a strong dunk by Robin Lopez.

Bell was down for a while after the play and was holding his left ankle. He tried to walk out of the game on his own power but eventually had to be carted out.

To add insult to the injury, there was this embarrassing block by Bulls rookie Lauri Markkanen on Steph Curry. Markkanen kept in step with one of the best isolation players in the world and then blocked Curry’s shot straight to his head.

The Bulls even took a lead heading into halftime.

In the third quarter, the Splash Brothers woke up. Klay Thompson was on fire to start the game and he kept his hot hand in the third quarter. He was joined by Curry as the two powered their team. The Splash Brothers scored 14 straight points to start the third quarter to grab the lead from Chicago. The Warriors held on to win the game against a tough, young, Bulls team.

Klay Thompson led the Warriors with a season-high 38 points, hitting seven treys. Curry added 30 points and six three-pointers.

2. #LetSpidaDunk

Not only is Donovan Mitchell auditioning to become the Rookie of the Year, he’s also making a case to join this year’s Dunk Contest.

Against the Sacramento Kings, Mitchell led the way with 34 points and three steal. But he also had two amazing highlights to show off his bunnies. In the first quarter, he got the ball with no one in front of him and threw down a windmill dunk that looked too easy for him. Then in the third quarter, Mitchell burst into the lane and powered down an angry tomahawk dunk that would easily get 8s and 9s in a dunk contest.

#LetSpidaDunk

3. LaMarcus Aldridge continues to carry the Spurs

Kawhi Leonard is out again. This time, there’s no timetable for his return as a recurring quad injury continues to bother the San Antonio Spurs superstar.

That means the Spurs will need big games once again from LaMarcus Aldridge. He brought the number against the Brooklyn Nets, the same day Leonard’s injury was announced. LMA scored 34 points to tow the Spurs past the scrappy Nets.

Last week, Gregg Popovich revealed that Aldridge was the first player to ever ask him for a trade. Pop eased up on Aldridge and things have been smooth since then. The Spurs will need this beast in the middle if they want to survive the tough Western Conference.

Did an NBA superstar get ejected today?

No, but two back-up point guards did. Tim Frazier and Michael Carter-Williams were thrown out of a game for fighting.

This is an epidemic. The two are the eighth and ninth players to be ejected in three days.

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