OAKLAND, Calif. -- Point guard Stephen Curry poured in 34 points Thursday night as the Golden State Warriors rallied from a 16-point, first-half deficit to thump the Chicago Bulls 102-87 in a nationally televised game.
With new NBA commissioner Adam Silver in attendance, the Warriors (30-20) won for the third time in four games even though they faced the Bulls without center Andrew Bogut (sore shoulder) and power forward David Lee (sore shoulder and hip).
Golden State reached the 50-game mark with 30 wins, matching the record it compiled at the same point last season en route to the sixth seed in the Western Conference playoffs.
Curry scored 16 of his 34 points in the second quarter, rallying the Warriors into a lead they relinquished only briefly.
Reserve forward Harrison Barnes hit two 3-pointers and Curry buried his third 3 of the night over an 82-second span of the fourth quarter, allowing the Warriors to pull away after Chicago closed to within 78-74.
The Bulls (24-25) got no closer than six after that.
Golden State shooting guard Klay Thompson snapped a recent slump to drop in 22 points on 8-for-16 shooting. Backups Barnes and guard Jordan Crawford added 11 points apiece.
Curry, who made 13 of his 19 shots, also had nine assists, the second of which made him the ninth player in Warriors history to record at least 2,000 for a career.
Power forward Taj Gibson, starting in place of Carlos Boozer, who suffered a strained calf before the game, led Chicago with 26 points and 13 rebounds.
Point guard Kirk Hinrich had 15 points, guard Jimmy Butler scored 14, backup guard D.J. Augustin added 10 and center Joakim Noah compiled 11 assists, 10 rebounds and seven points for the Bulls, who were playing for the fifth time on their six-game Western trip.
It took the Warriors more than a quarter to snap out of a cold spell that doomed them in a 91-75 home loss to the Charlotte Bobcats on Tuesday night. Once they found their shooting touch, they were able to gradually pull away from the road-weary Bulls.
Chicago began the game looking as if it would duplicate the Bobcats' success, using an early 12-2 burst to build a 17-6 lead in the game's fifth minute. Gibson and Hinrich had four points apiece in the burst.
The Bulls led by as many as 15 later in the quarter and then 34-18 early in the second before the Warriors' turnaround began.
The deficit was still 40-30 before Golden State finished the half on a 20-6 run, a 6:47 stretch in which Curry had 14 points and assisted on two of the Warriors' other three field goals.
The Warriors led 50-46 at the half and then by as many as 10 in the third quarter. Thompson came alive in the period, hitting two 3-pointers and scoring 10 of his 22 points.
NOTES: The NBA announced Thursday that Warriors PG Stephen Curry (Three-Point Contest and Shooting Stars event) and SF Harrison Barnes (Slam Dunk competition) were added to the lineup for All-Star Saturday in New Orleans on Feb. 15. ... Warriors coach Mark Jackson disclosed before the game that PF David Lee (sore shoulder and hip) also would miss Saturday's game at Phoenix. ... Thursday's absences were just the second of the season for injured Warriors C Andrew Bogut and Lee. ... Curry became the ninth player in franchise history to record 2,000 career assists, a list that includes C Nate Thurmond, F Rick Barry and F Chris Mullin. ... SG Klay Thompson played in his 198th consecutive game Thursday, the 10th-longest streak in Warriors history. ... The Bulls cap their second six-game trip of the season Sunday afternoon in Los Angeles against the Lakers. They already surpassed the win total of their six-gamer in November, when they went 1-5.