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February 24, 2013

Thunder shuts down Bulls

OKLAHOMA CITY —

 Russell Westbrook scored 23 points, Kevin Durant and Serge Ibaka both contributed double-doubles and the Oklahoma City Thunder held Chicago to the worst shooting performance in the NBA this season, beating the Bulls 102-72 on Sunday night.

The Thunder, who had allowed an average of 113 points over their previous four games, broke out of a rough defensive patch by limiting Chicago to 29.1 percent shooting.

The Bulls also had their worst shooting performance of last season in Oklahoma City, when they connected on just 33 percent. Midway through the third quarter, Chicago had missed 44 of its 55 shots and was on pace for the worst shooting night in franchise history.

The Thunder led 61-39 at that point, and the margin reached 32 with both teams’ starters sitting out the fourth quarter.

Nate Robinson and Luol Deng had 13 points apiece to lead Chicago.

THUNDER 102, BULLS 72



CHICAGO (72) Deng 6-14 0-0 13, Boozer 1-5 0-0 2, Noah 2-9 4-8 8,  Robinson 2-14 8-9 13, Hamilton 2-7 1-1 5, Belinelli 4-8 0-0 9,  Gibson 2-11 4-4 8, Butler 1-3 0-0 2, Teague 1-6 1-2 3,  Mohammed 3-5 0-0 6, Radmanovic 1-3 0-0 3, Cook 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 25-86 18-24 72.

OKLAHOMA CITY (102) — Durant 6-19 6-6 19, Ibaka 7-12 2-2 17, Perkins 0-2 0-0 0,  Westbrook 10-17 2-2 23, Sefolosha 3-5 4-4 11, Martin 1-5 2-2 5,  Collison 2-3 0-0 4, Thabeet 0-0 1-2 1, Jackson 3-6 1-1 7,  Lamb 2-3 4-4 9, Jones 1-4 0-0 2, Orton 1-3 2-4 4, Liggins 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 36-79 24-27 102.

Chicago    16    20    18    18    —    72

Oklahoma City    24    25    31    22    —    102

3-Point Goals—Chicago 4-18 (Radmanovic 1-1, Deng 1-2, Belinelli 1-3,  Robinson 1-8, Cook 0-1, Butler 0-1, Teague 0-2), Oklahoma City 6-17  (Lamb 1-1, Sefolosha 1-2, Westbrook 1-2, Ibaka 1-2, Martin 1-4, Durant  1-4, Jackson 0-2). Fouled Out—None. Rebounds—Chicago 53 (Noah 9),  Oklahoma City 60 (Durant 16). Assists—Chicago 14 (Robinson 5), Oklahoma  City 17 (Durant 6). Total Fouls—Chicago 18, Oklahoma City 19.  Technicals—Perkins, Westbrook, Oklahoma City defensive three second.  Flagrant Fouls—Belinelli. A—18,203 (18,203).

 

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