Westbrook, Thunder breeze past shorthanded Bulls
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[January 10, 2017]
(The Sports Xchange) - The
anticipated matchup between Russell Westbrook and Jimmy Butler
fizzled, but Westbrook sizzled to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to
a 109-94 win against the Chicago Bulls on Monday at the United
Led by Westbrook's 21 points, nine rebounds and 14 assists, the
Thunder (23-16) cruised to the victory while capitalizing on
Butler's illness, which prevented him from attending Chicago's
Butler, who was named the NBA's Eastern Conference Player of the
Week earlier Monday, played just 28:48 and finished with one point.
He went 0-for-6 from the field, 0-for-2 from the three-point line
and was removed in the second half because of the illness.
Dwyane Wade had 22 points, Michael Carter-Williams added 15 and the
Bulls (19-19) got 11 points each from Jerian Grant and Cristiano
It wasn't nearly enough to stay with the Thunder, who had three
players join Westbrook in double-figure scoring, including Steven
Adams (22 points), Enes Kanter (20 points) and Victor Oladipo (13
Oklahoma City led most of the first half, building a 17-point margin
in the second quarter and taking a 61-46 lead into the locker room
Chicago pulled as close as 67-57 on a three-point play by Taj Gibson
(9 points) with 6:51 left in the third, but that was as close as it
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Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) celebrates during the first
quarter of the game against the Chicago Bulls at United Center.
Mandatory Credit: Caylor Arnold-USA TODAY Sports
Thunder went on a 9-0 run in the final three minutes of the third to
blow the game open and continued their onslaught in the fourth. The
victory ended a four-game road losing streak for Oklahoma City,
which won its second straight game overall.
The Bulls will conclude a back-to-back set Tuesday at the Washington
Wizards and fell to 1-8 this season in the first game of
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