Kevin Durant's 32 pushes Thunder past Bulls
Kevin Durant scored 32 points and added 9 rebounds to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to a victory over the Chicago Bulls, 107-95. The Thunder took quality shots in this one, going 43-84 (51.2%) from the field, including 9-15 (60.0%) from three-point range. Oklahoma City (21-4) is now on an eight-game winning streak, dating back to a 109-95 win against New Orleans Pelicans on December 6th.
Durant went 13-20 from the field (4-5 on 3-point attempts) in a strong performance. He added 6 assists and 3 steals as well. Oklahoma City also got solid performances from Russell Westbrook with 20 points and 10 assists, Reggie Jackson with 18 points and 5 rebounds, and Thabo Sefolosha with 10 points and 5 rebounds. On 8-17 shooting from the field and 7-8 from the free throw line, Joakim Noah put up 23 points for Chicago in the loss. He also recorded 12 rebounds. Taj Gibson chipped in 16 points and 6 rebounds, D.J. Augustin finished with 15 points and 5 assists, and Mike Dunleavy put up 11 points and 6 assists.
As expected, the Bulls offense did not have its best game, struggling to score against the elite Thunder defense that ranks first in the league with a defensive efficiency of 97.7. They registered just .954 points per possession in this game, and rank 28th in the NBA with an offensive efficiency of 96.2 on the season. Along with their eFG% of 56.5%, the Thunder connected at a rate of 60.0% from 3-point range. On the season, they are 3-1 when they record marks above 55% and 40% in those respective categories. Conversely, the Bulls are winless (0-3) when allowing their opponents to reach those percentages.
Chicago (9-16) has now dropped their last four straight contests.
Coming up next, the Thunder play the San Antonio Spurs, who are 20-5 on the year. The Bulls meet the Cleveland Cavaliers, currently 9-15 this season. The Thunder are 1-0 versus San Antonio this season. The Bulls have a 1-1 record against Cleveland this season.