Bulls Ruin Christmas For Thunder With Win Over OKC

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The Chicago Bulls never trailed and led by as many as 18 points in a 105-96 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Christmas Day at Chesapeake Arena.

The Bulls started the game on an 11-0 run and built the lead to 14 in the second quarter, before the Thunder went on a 15-3 run to end the first half, cutting the halftime score to 54-52 Bulls.

Chicago started the second half with a 19-7 run to open the lead back to double digits, and were leading by 18 after the third quarter, 86-68.

OKC trimmed the deficit to six late in the game on a jumper by Russell Westbrook, making it 99-93 with over three minutes to play.

The Bulls answered with four straight points to clinch the game and complete a season sweep of the Thunder.

Kevin Durant led all scorers with 29 points and added 9 rebounds and 7 assists.

Westbrook had 26 points, 8 assists, and 7 rebounds, but the Thunder shot just 39 percent from the field and only had one other player in double figure scoring, with Enes Kanter scoring 14.

Jimmy Butler led Chicago with 23 points, while Pau Gasol had 21 points and 13 rebounds.

The Thunder had a three-game winning streak snapped and fell to 20-10 on the year.

It also ended an 8-game home winning streak.

OKC was playing in its 6th straight Christmas Day game and their first at home since 2011.

The Thunder are now 4-2 on Christmas Day.

OKC is next in action Sunday when they host Denver at 6:00 at Chesapeake Arena.


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