The Warriors pulled away behind Curry and led by as much as 16 before New Orleans cut the gap to 99-93 on Cousins' second 3-pointer. Chicago is 29th in the league in scoring at an average of 94.4 points and is about to finish its four-game road trip against a Golden State squad that leads the league in scoring (116.4).
"They made it clear that they didn't want me, so I don't take it to heart", Bell said after shootaround Friday morning. "You've kind of got to block it out the best you can, have a sense of amnesia, almost, and just rely on repetitions and the work that you put into it".
The defending champion Golden State Warriors endured some frustrating performances on their just-completed road trip and will try to avoid back-to-back losses for the first time this season when they return home to host the Chicago Bulls on Friday. Errant passing, sloppy ball-handling and flat shooting plagued the two-time MVP who uncharacteristically shot 1-of-11 with only 5 points, three of which were free throws, in the first half.
Kevin Durant is expected to miss his second straight game on Sunday (AEDT) against the Pelicans, and Warriors coach Steve Kerr acknowledges he may have been too hasty in playing his star forward at Oklahoma City on Thursday.
The Warriors won while debuting their "The Town" alternate jerseys that represented a nod to Oakland, where the team has been based for four decades.
Holiday had eight points total, one rebound, two assists, two turnovers, two steals, and, perhaps most damningly, was a -39 (worst on team) in plus-minus, meaning that the Bulls were outscored by 39 points while he was on the floor.