Thunder Escape Chicago With Win
The Oklahoma City Thunder used a 16-1 run to hold off a fourth quarter rally by Chicago and beat the Bulls 97-85 on Monday night at the United Center in Chicago.
A Taj Gibson basket early in the fourth quarter cut OKC’s once double-digit lead to one, 76-75.
The Thunder responded by scoring the next 13 points, going on a 16-1 run to extend the lead to 16.
A Derek Fisher 3-pointer started the run, then dunks from Serge Ibaka and Kevin Durant followed.
A Russell Westbrook layup was followed by an Ibaka three-pointer to clinch it.
Durant led all scorers with 35 points and grabbed 12 rebounds.
Westbrook nearly had a triple-double, with 17 points, 9 rebounds, and 9 assists.
Ibaka added 15 points, with Caron Butler scoring 12 and Reggie Jackson 11.
The Thunder hit 13 three-pointers, with three each from Durant, Westbrook, and Jackson.
The Thunder improved to 49-18 on the season.
OKC visits Cleveland on Thursday in the second of their three-game road trip.