The Oklahoma City Thunder blew out the Chicago Bulls Sunday night at Chesapeake Energy Arena 102-72 to improve to 41-15 on the year.
It was the second straight win for the Thunder after losing a season-worst three in a row before that. The Thunder also sweep the season series with Chicago.
OKC led by 13 at halftime then doubled that lead after outscoring the Bulls 31-18 in the third quarter. The Bulls shot just 29.1 percent from the field for the game.
The Thunder will be off two days now before hosting the New Orleans Hornets Wednesday night.
Here are the Game Grades:
Kevin Durant – 32 minutes, 19 points, 16 rebounds, 6 assists – A-
Durant has been in distributor mode lately and that was the case again last night. He actually had an off shooting night as well starting the game 4-for-17 before hitting his last two jumpers. The 16 boards was really a testament to the blowout and how poor Chicago shot for the game.
Russell Westbrook – 32 minutes, 23 points, 3 assists, 1 rebound – A
Westbrook had his jumper going down once again and that meant a more controlled Westbrook who would dominate the helpless Bulls. When Westbrook shoots over 50 percent from the field, the Thunder are so tough to beat. Westbrook had it easy with Nate Robinson guarding him for most of the game and didn’t have a ton of assists because the Thunder frankly didn’t shoot all that well for the game.
Serge Ibaka – 30 minutes, 17 points, 10 rebounds, 3 blocks – A+
This was a great game for Ibaka and the more he starts having these games on a regular basis, the better for the Thunder. Ibaka had five offensive boards and was very aggressive all night. He was rolling to the rim hard and knocking down his jumper, including a three-pointer.
Kevin Martin – 20 minutes, 5 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists – C
Martin wasn’t needed to produce last night and that’s a good thing for OKC because he didn’t. He went 1-for-4 from downtown and never got going. Chicago’s defense was tough on him as a few times he tried to cut to the basket and passes for him resulted in turnovers.
Kendrick Perkins – 25 minutes, 0 points, 8 rebounds, 2 blocks – C+
Perkins didn’t score but he still played well. His defense was solid and he rebounded well which he needed to do knowing the Bulls would crash the glass like crazy.
Thabo Sefolosha – 23 minutes, 11 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist – A
This was a very nice game from Sefolosha who has been looking very solid on the offensive end as of late. With Martin not giving OKC much, Sefolosha really stepped out and contributed to the blowout.
Nick Collison – 14 minutes, 4 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists – B+
Collison continues to build on his chemistry with Martin in the second unit. It wasn’t fully on display last night but you can sense it every now and then. Collison had a great moment in the third quarter diving to the ground for a loose ball that he shouldn’t have gotten and then passing to Ibaka from the floor for one of his assists.
Reggie Jackson – 16 minutes, 7 points, 2 rebounds – B+
Jackson had a couple of really nice drives and finishes. He keeps looking more confident in his game and he has the talent to be a real scorer off the bench in this league.
Hasheem Thabeet – 11 minutes, 1 point, 2 rebounds, 1 block – C+
Thabeet didn’t score at all but of course got a block.
Jeremy Lamb – 12 minutes, 9 points, 2 rebounds, 1 steal – B+
Lamb only played in the fourth quarter and scored nine quick points. He hit a midrange jumper and a three and looked pretty good out there. He still isn’t sharp on defense which is definitely why he hasn’t been playing this year. He has a lot of talent though which is easy to spot even in limited minutes.