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Trailing by 16 in first half, Warriors rally past Bulls

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson jump-started the offense, and now the Warriors can only hope after beating the Chicago Bulls, 102-87, on Thursday that they can sustain some success.

There were positive signs for Golden State, which staged a comeback win at Oracle Arena after entering the contest having lost starting big men Andrew Bogut and David Lee to injuries and dropped five of their previous seven home games.

Trailing by 16 points in the first half, the Warriors saw Curry get hot and finish with 34 points along with nine assists that pushed his career total past 2,000 for his career.

Thompson, with his shot returning to form after struggling mightily in recent games, scored 22 points on 8-for-16 shooting.

They were helped by the Bulls' 15 turnovers, some of which led to the Warriors' 17 fast break points that helped Golden State get its offense going.

The Warriors had shot a season-low shooting percentage in Tuesday's loss to Charlotte and against Chicago shot 48.2 percent, with Curry going 13 for 19 from the field.

The Warriors won without Bogut (sore shoulder) and Lee (sprained shoulder, strained hip).

Lee is also expected to sit out Saturday's game at Phoenix, according to coach Mark Jackson. His absence against the Suns would make it three of four games the forward would have missed because of injuries.

"We will battle, compete and find a way to get it done," Jackson said before the game.

That's what the Warriors did, with Draymond Green bringing energy to the team with nine points and seven rebounds in his first start of the season and Jermaine O'Neal gutting through soreness on a surgically repaired wrist to fill in for Bogut. Harrison Barnes came off the bench and hit two fourth-quarter 3-pointers to help extend the lead.

Chicago's Taj Gibson, replacing an injured Carlos Boozer in the starting lineup, had 26 points and 13 rebounds and got the Bulls off to a fine start with eight first-quarter points. Kirk Hinrich added 15 points but couldn't do much to slow down Curry on the other end.

Golden State erased a large deficit by halftime, taking a 50-46 before heading into the locker room with momentum on its side.

Curry's 16 second-quarter points sparked the Warriors along with some defense as Andre Iguodala had a steal and dunk and later had another fast-break dunk off a steal and assist from Curry.

Curry at one point scored nine straight Warriors points and finished the half by bringing the crowd to its feet with a deep 3-pointer with 29.5 seconds left that capped off a 20-6 run to extend the lead.

The Warriors had showed few signs of such excellence in the first quarter, trailing 29-16 as their shooting woes from the Charlotte loss two nights earlier continued with them making 8 of their first 22 shots.

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