Oklahoma, OK, United States (4E Sports) – Kevin Durant scored 24 points and Serge Ibaka contributed 21 as the Oklahoma City Thunder tripped the Chicago Bulls, 97-91, Thursday at the United Center.
After a see-saw start, the Thunder are starting to look like the team that advanced to the NBA Finals last season as they used a 31-points explosion in the fourth quarter to rally past the Bulls.
Durant shot 11-for-19 from the field while Ibaka registered his highest scoring output. Russell Westbrook was again superb in his playmaking role, recording 16 points and 12 dimes in 36 minutes.
Despite the absence of All-Star guard Derrick Rose, the Bulls provided the Thunder a stiff challenge as they leaned on Luol Deng (27 points) and Rip Hamilton (20 points) to carry the scoring load.
However, the Thunder stayed within striking distance throughout and then unleashed a 10-4 run in the final 2:52 to take their first road victory this season.
The Bulls and Thunder posted almost identical numbers across major statistical category but the visiting team’s productive bench (29-14) proved to be the difference maker.