Glenn Robinson III scores 20 points, Warriors beat Bulls
Draymond Green is finally getting to see Glenn Robinson III’s complete game.
Robinson scored the go-ahead basket and finished with 20 points to help the Golden State Warriors rally past the Chicago Bulls 100-98 on Friday night.
The Warriors beat the Bulls for the second time this season, their only victories in the last nine games. Golden State escaped when Zach Lavine missed a 3-pointer in the final seconds, and Green secured the rebound. Alec Burks added 14 points, and Green had eight points, seven rebounds, and four assists.
The Warriors rallied from a nine-point deficit early in the fourth quarter.
Green finally tied it at 92 with a runner in the lane, and Willie Cauley-Stein had a layup to put the Warriors up 94-92 with 5:32 left.
Green found Cauley-Stein for an alley-oop dunk to put the Warriors up 97-94, but Lauri Markkanen answered with a 3 for the Bulls to tie it. After Green and LaVine both split a pair free throws, Green found Robinson for another slam to give the Warriors a 100-98 lead with 1:03 left.
“I’ve watched him for years, dating back to his days at Michigan and even his time in the league,” Green said. “He was always hampered by injuries, so you kind of see glimpses here and there, but never with any consistency because he was always hurt. I think he’s got an opportunity this year and he’s been healthy and that’s the key and he’s played really well.”
It took the last game of a five-game trip to get a win.
“We wanted to go home with a win and we thought it was a winnable game,” Green said.
Markkanen finished with 20 points and LaVine had 21. The Bulls had won two in a row.
“It needs to be more of the 48 (minutes),”Bulls coach Jim Boylen said. “That’s the development part. So as much as I like some of those moments, there are moments when we’ve got to do better.”
Chicago’s Denzel Valentine was ejected with 7:50 left for his second technical. Valentine was jawing at the Warriors from the bench when he was issued his second technical. Valentine and Omari Spellman were given double technicals late in the third quarter. Valentine finished with 11 points off the bench. He scored eight points in the second half.
“The game of basketball was taken away from me for a year (because of ankle surgery). I’m just playing with passion and emotion. And that’s what I did tonight,” Valentine said. “I just got to learn from these types of things and move on.”