SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Stephen Curry made a triumphant return from a five-game absence with a bruised tailbone to score 32 points with six 3-pointers, and the Golden State Warriors snapped a four-game losing streak by beating the Chicago Bulls 116-102 on Monday night.
He did his best to block out the discomfort.
“It wasn’t fun but got through it,” Curry said. “I was able to keep warm and deal with the pain and just play. It will be something to manage in the near future but it will continue to heal as I get some more time.”
Draymond Green contributed 11 points, nine assists and five rebounds as all five Golden State starters scored in double digits to keep the team from a season-worst fifth straight defeat. Rookie James Wiseman had four blocks.
Nikola Vucevic had 21 points, nine rebounds and six assists in his second game with Chicago since being traded from the Magic. But the Bulls lost their fourth straight and sixth in seven.
“The turnovers continue to be an issue for us,” Bulls coach Billy Donovan said of the 19 miscues. “It’s hard to be as good as you can be when you do that on a consistent basis.”
A heat wrap on his backside during extended breaks, Curry shot 11 for 24 in his 18th 30-point performance of the season. The two-time MVP hurt the tailbone March 17 at Houston.
He made three quick 3-pointers and had 13 points in the opening quarter. Curry landed hard on his backside late in the first and spent the second quarter again with a wrap.
“He’s the heart and soul of everything we do,” coach Steve Kerr said. “The last few games it’s been tough without that dynamic.”
Green, among about a dozen players and coaches who received the one dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine last Wednesday, played his second game since missing last Thursday at Sacramento not feeling well.
Green didn’t attempt a shot in Friday’s loss to Atlanta. He made up for it — even hitting from Steph-like distance near halfcourt late in the second. Klay Thompson loved it and celebrated near the bench.
“Call him logo Green,” Curry quipped, “he might have a new nickname.”