Sports.ws Game Report
[OKLAHOMA CITY] — The Oklahoma City Thunder played host to the Chicago Bulls last night and the homeside took care of business. A 109-94 win has the Thunder and their fans feeling good about themselves heading forward. The win bumps Oklahoma City's record up to 23-16 on the season, while the loss drags Chicago's down to 19-19. Though a win's a win and Thunder fans will settle for whatever they can get their hands on, there's plenty of room for improvement in the future. Games likes these are essential for any team with bigger aspirations.
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. Ask anybody, however - Westbrook included - and the most important part is that the Thunder walked away with the W. Each win adds up over the course of the season with the end goal being far more satisfying than a Tweetable stat line.
Joining Westbrook in the winning effort was Enes Kanter. Had it not been for Kanter rounding out the Thunder's attack with 20 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists of his own, we may have been looking at a different outcome.
Oklahoma City's offensive contributions were complemented from a decent showing on the defensive end of the ball. While they didn't exactly shut down the visiting Bulls, they did limit them to a point total in line with their season average. Not every performance can be a home run, so the Thunder will settle for the upper hand in this one.
Up next for the reeling Thunder will be a date with the Memphis Grizzlies while the visiting Bulls will look to bounce back in a matchup with the Washington Wizards.
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
33 minutes ago
|OKC THUNDER on Russell Westbrook|
Russell Westbrook. 7 points, 4 boards in Q1. #NBAVOTE #OKCvsLAC https://t.co/TEdcpzW8CU
36 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.
36 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.
38 minutes ago
|Brett Dawson on Jerami Grant|
Thunder 3FGs in the first quarter: Jerami Grant 2-2, Westbrook 1-2, everybody else 0-8.
40 minutes ago
|OKC THUNDER on Joffrey Lauvergne|
Joffrey Lauvergne 💪💪@NBAonTNT #MLKDay https://t.co/GGmQ0gOQRl
41 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.
41 minutes ago
|Erik Horne on Andre Roberson|
Andre Roberson 17 footer? Ok then.
43 minutes ago
|Chicago Bulls on Jimmy Butler|
ONE HOUR LEFT. @JimmyButler #NBAVote https://t.co/t6F64bol6S
47 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.
51 minutes ago
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