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[CHICAGO] — The Chicago Bulls played host to the Oklahoma City Thunder last night but don't think that the home cooking gave them any sort of advantage. The 94-109 loss has the Bulls and their fans cringing as they brace for their next opportunity to redeem themselves. The loss bumps Chicago's record down to 19-19 on the season, while the victory gives Oklahoma City a 23-16 total on the year. It's not overly surprising that the Bulls would end up losing this one consider they did little to establish themselves as dangerous threats. Perhaps the showing can serve as an essential building block for the team in the days to come.
An impressive performance from Russell Westbrook led all players in the contest and his 21 points, 9 rebounds, 14 assists, 0 blocks and 1 steals in 33 minutes will make many-a-fantasy owner proud. Most importantly, the Thunder managed to prevail where it mattered most and will happily add another victory to their season total. So long as Westbrook keeps producing at this rate and Oklahoma City keeps winning ball games, everybody - from fantasy owners to the team coaching and executive staff - will be more than satisfied.
In addition to the contributions from Westbrook, the Thunder also benefited from a big night out of Enes Kanter. With 20 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists, Kanter did an admirable job helping guide his club to a much needed road victory.
Individual performances aside, if there's one area where the Bulls can improve, it's on the defensive side of the ball. Though Chicago wasn't terrible in the ball game, there's no denying that a stricter focus on limiting their opponents could serve them well the next time they collide with a worthy foe.
The loss hurts for the homeside but they'll get their opportunity to regain ground in a pending matchup with the Washington Wizards. The Thunder, meanwhile, will set their sights on a run-in with the Memphis Grizzlies.
Westbrook 60.0 FP
Kanter 45.0 FP
Wade 40.0 FP
|Brett Dawson on Steven Adams|
Steven Adams is not just the anchor of the Thunder's defense but of its place in reality. https://t.co/YvvMnLf5FO
30 minutes ago
|OKC THUNDER on Russell Westbrook|
Russell Westbrook. 7 points, 4 boards in Q1. #NBAVOTE #OKCvsLAC https://t.co/TEdcpzW8CU
32 minutes ago
|Brett Dawson on Enes Kanter|
Enes Kanter this month has added passing out of the double-team and two-handed dunking to his repertoire.
33 minutes ago
|Brett Dawson on Anthony Morrow|
Anthony Morrow getting some second-quarter minutes. He hasn't played at all the past four games. About 9 minutes the past 7 games.
34 minutes ago
|Brett Dawson on Jerami Grant|
Thunder 3FGs in the first quarter: Jerami Grant 2-2, Westbrook 1-2, everybody else 0-8.
37 minutes ago
|OKC THUNDER on Joffrey Lauvergne|
Joffrey Lauvergne 💪💪@NBAonTNT #MLKDay https://t.co/GGmQ0gOQRl
37 minutes ago
|Royce Young on Steven Adams|
Clippers lead 34-25 after one. Westbrook 7 and 4 rebounds (0 assists). OKC clearly missing Steven Adams on the defensive end.
38 minutes ago
|Erik Horne on Andre Roberson|
Andre Roberson 17 footer? Ok then.
39 minutes ago
|Chicago Bulls on Jimmy Butler|
ONE HOUR LEFT. @JimmyButler #NBAVote https://t.co/t6F64bol6S
44 minutes ago
|Brett Dawson on Victor Oladipo|
Victor Oladipo off to an 0-6 shooting start, 0-2 3FGs. Thunder shooting 8-23, trailing Clippers 26-19, 2:34 1Q.
47 minutes ago
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