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Thunder remain undefeated at home with easy win over undermanned Bulls

Dec 19, 2013, 11:22 PM EDT

Before the season began, an inter-conference matchup between the Thunder and the Bulls seemed like a tasty affair, and one that would be worthy of its mid-December nationally televised time slot.

But after Derrick Rose once again went down for the season with an injury, and with Luol Deng missing this one with a sore Achilles, Chicago simply didn’t have enough talent in place to compete with one of the league’s best teams.

As a result, the Thunder improved to a league-best 21-4 on the season with a 107-95 victory that was honestly never in doubt.

Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook were each relatively unstoppable, and every time the Bulls turned it over, it seemed as thought the Thunder were getting out to score easy points in transition.  OKC ended up with a 24-10 edge in fast break points, and the Thunder got a strong 18 points from Reggie Jackson off the bench.

There was absolutely no surprise with the way this game turned out — the Thunder are one of the league’s more uptempo teams, especially at home, and the Bulls are more of a plodding defensive club (even when healthy) that would have a tough time matching the scoring power and the overall energy that this Thunder team brings on a nightly basis.

Credit Chicago as always for fighting to the best of its ability, but Oklahoma City is competing on a completely different level at this point of the season. And it showed in this one.

  1. LilTmac2003 - Dec 20, 2013 at 1:51 AM

    Bulls played with a lot of heart but that doesn’t win games. Best to OKC…though one incident happened.

    ESPN Chicago reported that Thabo came in the Bulls locker room to say hey to his former teammates. Him and Noah began to talk and Thabo even brought him to the Thunder locker room. Perkins seen this and began to blabber. Here is an actual quoted dialogue:

    Perkins: “They just let anybody in the locker room?”

    Noah: “C’mon man.”

    Perkins: “I’m just asking though.”

    Noah: “C’mon man.”

    Perkins: “Just let anybody in the locker room now?”

    Noah: “You want me to wait outside?”

    Perkins: “I’m just saying, though.”

    Noah: If you want me to wait outside, I’ll wait outside.”

    Perkins: “Get your ass up outta here”

    Noah: “Aight.”

    I’m glad Noah kept his composure. To be honest, I’m more surprised they let Perkins in that locker room too.

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