National Basketball Association
Oklahoma City 92, Chicago 78
When: 1:00 PM ET, Sunday, April 1, 2012
Where: Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
#11 Derrick Collins, #71 Rodney Mott, #32 Eddie F. Rush
THUNDER 92, BULLS 78: Russell Westbrook scored 27 points and Kevin Durant added 26 points and 10 rebounds as host Oklahoma City led wire-to-wire and breezed to its sixth consecutive victory.
Chicago, which was playing without reigning MVP Derrick Rose, was no match for the Thunder and had its seven-game road winning streak snapped.
Westbrook and Durant combined to outscore the Bulls through three quarters as Oklahoma City built an 80-51 lead en route to its league-high 23rd home victory.
Serge Ibaka took care of the defensive end with five blocked shots to go with nine points and six rebounds to send Chicago to only its second loss in nine games.
Kyle Korver was the only starter in double figures with 14 points for the Bulls, who remain a league-best 21-7 away from home.
Oklahoma City gave an indication of what was to come by scoring the final six points of the second quarter to take a 49-39 lead into half.
The third quarter was an early knockout for the Thunder, as Durant and Westbrook combined for 16 points in a 20-5 run that extended the advantage to a staggering 69-44 with six minutes left.
GAME NOTEBOOK: The Thunder's margin of victory during their winning streak is 14.2 points. ... Oklahoma City handed Chicago its first road loss since a 95-91 defeat at Boston on Feb. 12. ... Rose sat out his 10th straight game with a groin injury and Chicago has gone 7-3 in that span. He is averaging 22.8 points and eight assists per game this season. Backcourt mate Richard Hamilton missed his 14th consecutive game with a strained right shoulder.
Top Game Performances
John Lucas III 19
Russell Westbrook 27
Kyle Korver 4
Russell Westbrook 5
Taj Gibson 11
Kevin Durant 10
Joakim Noah 3
||Free Throws Made
Russell Westbrook 6
Ronnie Brewer 2
Russell Westbrook 4
Omer Asik 1
Serge Ibaka 5
Team Stats Summary
Oklahoma City will play their next game at home against Memphis. The Thunder have a W/L % of .000 after a win and .000 after a loss.
Chicago will play their next game at home against Houston. The Bulls have a W/L % of .000 after a win and .000 after a loss.