Durant helps Thunder edge Bulls 97-91Posted by Inside Hoops
Kevin Durant scored eight of his 24 points in the fourth quarter and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Chicago Bulls 97-91 on Thursday night.
Durant iced the game with an off-balance jumper off one foot with 35.1 seconds to play.
Serge Ibaka scored 15 of his 21 points in the first half, and had a team-high nine rebounds for the Thunder, who beat the Bulls for the third time in their last four games at Chicago. Russell Westbrook chipped in with 16 points and 12 assists.
Luol Deng led the Bulls with 27 points, and Richard Hamilton added 20 points and eight rebounds. Joakim Noah had nine points, 13 rebounds and a team-high six assists.
Hamilton made a tying jumper with 2:52 to play, but then Durant took over, making a floater from the top of the key over Deng to keep the Bulls at bay…
It was a season-high point total for Durant, who entered averaging 20.8 points after scoring a league-best 28.0 points per game last season.
– Reported by Bradford Doolittle of the Associated Press
InsideHoops.com notes: Russell Westbrook shot just 7-of-22 for 16 points, though he dished 12 assists with just two turnovers… Thunder center Kendrick Perkins went scoreless in 20 minutes of play… Thunder guard Kevin Martin came off the bench to produce 15 points on just five shot attempts (he hit 8-of-9 free throws)… For the Bulls, Carlos Boozer struggled, shooting just 3-of-9 for 9 points, 11 rebounds and five turnovers.
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