In a way, the Warriors have to be somewhat thankful that the officials were so determined to make Friday's game about their three-man crew.

The incessant whistles turned the game into a disjointed mess and took some of the attention off just how badly the Warriors played during their 103-87 loss to Chicago in front of the 111th consecutive sellout crowd at the United Center.

"I wish we had an excuse," Warriors head coach Mark Jackson said. "We got outworked, we didn't have the right mind-set to start the game, and it just snowballed from there.

"That wasn't Warriors basketball. I'm disappointed in the way we played."

The Warriors (26-16) never led, trailed by as many as 26 points and got manhandled. The Bulls (26-16) beat the Warriors 56-37 on the boards, 30-6 on second-chance points and 36-22 on points in the paint.