Warriors takeaways: What we learned in thrilling 104-90 win over Bulls


SAN FRANCISCO -- The Warriors finally did something that's eluded them for more than a week: Finish a game at home.

In Wednesday's 104-90 victory over the Bulls at Chase Center, Golden State outscored Chicago 26-17 over the final 12 minutes to claim its fourth victory of the season. 

Less than 48 hours after surrendering a 25-5 run to close Monday's loss to OKC, the Warriors built a 17-point lead in the final two minutes against Chicago, providing an impressive launchpad for its upcoming five-game road trip.

Here are the takeaways from the win. 

Paschall shines

Paschall has been one of the best rookies in the league through the first month of the season and once again proved why Wednesday. In 36 minutes, he finished with 25 points, seven rebounds and three assists. 

Paschall got going early with an and-1 layup in the first quarter before displaying a Draymond Green-like flex to Golden State's bench. With 10 seconds left in the half, he finished a dunk over two Bulls, much to the delight of sideline reporter Klay Thompson and Golden State's bench. 

Paschall continues to be a key find for the Warriors from last summer's NBA Draft, playing consistent minutes usually not seen from a rookie. While a rookie wall should be looming, Paschall is doing his part to avoid it. 

Spellman finding his groove

Four months ago, the Warriors acquired Spellman as the second-year big man hoped to get his career on track. By the end of the night, he held true to that goal, finishing with 13 points and 11 rebounds in 24 minutes. 

Spellman's performance on the boards this season has been impressive. Entering Wednesday, he ranked second in the league in offensive rebounding percentage (13.8). In the win over the Bulls, he showed his effectiveness, highlighted by an impressive putback dunk in the first half.

Last week, Spellman said he wanted to carve out his own identity with the current iteration of the Warriors. With each game, he's getting closer to that goal. 

Ugly basketball

When two of the league's worst teams play one another, ugly basketball is bound to commence. In that regard, Wednesday lived up to that billing.

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Through the first 12 minutes, both teams shot under 30 percent, while scoring a combined 42 points. The game mirrored a bad pickup game on Saturday morning, as the teams combined for 39 turnovers on the night. 

The Warriors entered Wednesday evening with all the ingredients for a game like this. A youthful group ranked last in defense, coupled with multiple stars out with injury, will have its share of these kinds of night. Fortunately for them, their grit came with a win.

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