Rapid Reaction: Thunder 102, Bulls 72
February, 24, 2013
By Nick Friedell
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Let's take a quick look at how the Oklahoma City Thunder cruised to an easy win 102-72 over the Chicago Bulls on Sunday night at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.
How it happened: Russell Westbrook had 23 points, Kevin Durant had 19 points, 16 rebounds and six assists and Serge Ibaka had 17 points and 10 rebounds as the Thunder absolutely dominated the Bulls. Luol Deng had 13 points and four rebounds, but it wasn't close to enough.
What it means: The Bulls were awful. Tom Thibodeau's disgust level was off the charts. A recurring problem for the Bulls in the past few weeks is that against upper-echelon teams they are struggling to create offensively. Without Derrick Rose and Kirk Hinrich, Thibodeau's team has a hard time getting into -- and consistently finding -- good shots. It was the case again against the Thunder as the Bulls never found any rhythm. The Bulls have been a solid road team all season but the lack of offense has caused them to level off considerably.
Hits: There is nothing positive to take away from this game for the Bulls.
Misses: The was the worst offensive performance for the Bulls in recent memory. Taj Gibson, Nate Robinson and Joakim Noah combined to go 6-for-34 from the field.
Stat of the night: The Bulls shot just 20.8 percent from the field in the first half. Just 29.1 percent for the game.
What's next: The Bulls head back to Chicago to face off against the Cleveland Cavaliers Tuesday night.