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CHICAGO—Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder stepped foot into the United Center to face off against Jimmy Butler and the Chicago Bulls. The Bulls were walking onto their home court with an outstanding overtime victory against the Toronto Raptors this past Saturday. The Bulls looked to carry that game’s momentum however, the Thunder were dominant from the opening tip.
The top scores of last nights games were Steven Adams and Dwayne Wade, who both managed to put up 22 points for their teams. From the opening tip, the bulls seemed to struggle to knock down shots, shooting 8/20 in the first quarter. Despite the shooting woes in the first quarter, the game remained close as the Bulls were down 26-20 after the first.
Westbrook and the Thunder seemed to take off as they started quarter number two with an impressive 13-2 run in the first three minutes of the new quarter as they shot 6 of the 19 shot attempts taken for the quarter. The Bulls showed slight improvement from their first quarter play by shooting 10/19 in the second. However, the struggles were still clear as both Doug McDermott and Jimmy Butler missed a layup and Dwayne Wade’s one-foot layup was blocked by Thunder SG, Jerami Grant. As the first half of play came to a wrap as the Bulls were trailing 61-46.
The third quarter for the Bulls looked the same as they came out the locker room shooting a very poor 7/19 from the field. Jimmy Butler would be substituted out of the game during 2:16 mark of the third quarter, and would not return. The Bulls were down significantly at the end of the third losing 89-67.
In the final quarter of play, Hoiberg gave the Bulls one last chance to battle back against the Thunder however, those efforts were short lived. After the first 3:30 of the fourth, Hoiberg pulled his starters allowing the bench to finish the duration of the game. Westbrook came into the game with 17 triple doubles on the season nearly missed his 18th with 21 points 14 assists and 9 rebounds. Dwayne Wade was the lone Bull in the 20-point club in their defeat. It was Rajon Rondo bobble head night at the U.C. as he was a DNP-CD for the 5th straight game. The Bulls are now 19-19 for the season, as we get closer to the All-Star break.
The Bulls looks to bounce back from such a dismal effort as they wage war against John Wall and the Washington Wizards in the Verizon Center tonight at 6pm central.