OAKLAND, Calif. -- Joakim Noah got the message.
So did Nate Robinson, Luol Deng, Carlos Boozer and pretty much any of the Bulls who touched the ball in Friday night's 113-95 shellacking of the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena.
Not only did the Bulls respond with the rarely seen, 60-point turnaround after the most lopsided loss in coach Tom Thibodeau's tenure on Wednesday in Sacramento, they won in a building where they rarely play well.
And they did so heeding Thibodeau's demands for greater intensity, a challenge the coach made after the 42-point drubbing to the Kings.
"Try," Thibodeau deadpanned, when asked to relay his message at Thursday's team meeting preceding practice.
Then Thibodeau expounded.
"This team has a lot of pride," he said. "We knew we stunk. Everybody -- players, coaches. So we had to correct it. The magic is in the work. You put the work in and usually the results are going to be pretty good."
They certainly were for a Bulls team enjoying a rare offensive explosion.
The Bulls shot 51.8 percent after failing to shoot better than 38.6 percent in four straight games. They cracked the century mark for the first time in 10 games.
And they scored their most points since posting 118 against the Cavaliers on Jan. 7, 33 games ago.
"We came out aggressive on both sides," Boozer said. "We locked into what we were doing. We executed very well. We did a great job on defense trying to make their best players take tough shots. The great thing about it is we kept it up for virtually the whole game.
"We had a great practice (Thursday). We were very aggressive. We got back to how the Bulls play. And we transferred over what we did in practice to shootaround (Friday) morning and this game. Our intensity was phenomenal."
Deng's 23 points led all five starters in double figures. Boozer had 21 points, nine rebounds, five assists, three steals and what Robinson called "one of the hustle plays of the season." And Robinson added 20 points and seven assists for the Bulls, who led by as many as 36.
Thibodeau also credited Robinson's full-court ball pressure on Stephen Curry, who managed just eight points on 2-for-13 shooting.
"I watched what he did to the Knicks," Robinson said of Curry's 54-point explosion. "I was hoping he didn't have one of those games. And he didn't. So thank God for that.
"He's 70 percent of their offense. I wanted to do everything I could to make it as hard as possible to bring the ball up and shoot. I wanted him to be tired."
The Warriors lead the NBA in 3-point percentage but missed their first 11 attempts from that range before finally connecting in the fourth quarter.
The Bulls led by 10 at halftime and opened the third quarter with an 8-0 run, extending the overall run from the second quarter to 20-2.
Boozer's hustle play featured him diving to the floor to set up a Jimmy Butler three-point play on a fast break.
"Losing to Sacramento the way we did was very humbling," Noah said. "It was a reality check. If we don't come ready to play, we can get our asses kicked. We have to build from this."
Noah led an inspired first-quarter effort by making his first four shots and scoring 10 points en route to 16 with 13 rebounds.
Marco Belinelli fought through an abdominal strain suffered in Sunday's loss to the Lakers and a slow start to add 13 points.
"Our starters played terrific," Thibodeau said. "Nate's ball pressure and Jo's hustle got everyone going. Then Carlos got going. Luol was solid throughout. Marco started slowly and battled through to get going. It was a good all-around effort.
"We had a good meeting (Thursday). We ironed some things out. But the most important thing was the action on the floor. We had a great practice. Guys got after each other. There was the right intent to improve and get right."
The Bulls became the first team in three years to win their next game by 18 or more points after a 40-point loss.
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