Mar 17, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant (35) drives past Chicago Bulls guard Jimmy Butler (21) during the first quarter at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

OKC Thunder use big fourth quarter to close out Chicago Bulls 97-85


After a disappointing 23-point loss at home to the Dallas Mavericks last night, the Oklahoma City Thunder bounced back tonight to beat the Chicago Bulls on the road 97-85.

The Thunder had outscored the Bulls 20-11 in the fourth quarter at one point to pull away and get the win.

The Thunder weren’t playing exceptionally well through the first three quarters but hit some outside shots to stay ahead of Chicago for most of the night.

Kevin Durant led the way with 35 points, 12 rebounds and five assists. He shot 11-for-21 from the field and made three-of-four threes.

Russell Westbrook also made three three-pointers in seven attempts as he finished with 17 points, nine assists and nine rebounds.

Caron Butler made three triples off the bench while Reggie Jackson made two and Derek Fisher one.

The key for the Thunder was that they only turned the ball over 11 times and held Chicago to 34.5 percent shooting.

Jeremy Lamb basically did not play until the final minute of the game when it was already decided. This is the first game really all season that he wasn’t a part of the rotation. Scott Brooks is clearly giving all of his minutes to Butler now.

The Thunder will play next at Cleveland, who will be without Kyrie Irving, on Thursday.

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