It was not an ideal situation for the Chicago Bulls playing in Oklahoma City on the second night of a back-to-back. But that’s been the case this season for the Bulls, who were also without many key players including Luol Deng, Kirk Hinrich and Derrick Rose tonight.
The Thunder got just about anything they wanted on the offensive end and cruised to a 107-95 victory.
The Bulls are still one of the most elite defenses in the league, but they were no match for the Thunder tonight. OKC shot 51.2 percent from the field and 60 percent from beyond the arc.
Kevin Durant led the way with 32 on 13-of-20 shooting. He also had six assists and nine rebounds.
Russell Westbrook had a double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds. He had just two rebounds which makes it the first time in over two weeks that he did not flirt with a triple-double.
Reggie Jackson was the difference for the Thunder tonight. After taking an early lead, Chicago began to come back, but Jackson’s play kept them at bay.
Jackson scored 15 of his 18 points in the first half. He made both three-point attempts he took and was 8-of-12 overall.
The Thunder also received nice lifts from role players Thabo Sefolosha and Nick Collison, who combined for 19 points.
OKC is off tomorrow night and will play the Spurs on the road for their next game Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. CST.