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Rapid Reaction: Thunder 107, Bulls 95

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Let's take a quick look at how the Oklahoma City Thunder earned a 107-95 win over the Chicago Bulls on Thursday night at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.

How it happened: Kevin Durant led the Thunder with 32 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists while Reggie Jackson added 18 points off the bench. Joakim Noah had a big night for the Bulls, racking up 23 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists, but it wasn't enough for a team playing without Luol Deng (Achilles), Kirk Hinrich (back) and Jimmy Butler -- who sprained his right ankle in the first half.

What it means: The Bulls hung tough in this game but they could not muster enough offense to hang with the powerful Thunder. Tom Thibodeau does not want to use injuries as an excuse for his team, but the reality is that the Bulls simply don't have enough firepower right now. A team can't lose that many key players and expect to win most nights. The Bulls haven't quit and they continue to play hard -- they just don't have enough healthy bodies right now and the players know it.

Hits: Taj Gibson had 16 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists off the bench.

Misses: Rookie Tony Snell was just 4-for-15 from the field.

Stat of the night: The Thunder were 9-for-15 beyond the arc. The Bulls were just 8-for-29.

What's next: The Bulls head back to Chicago to face off against the Cleveland Cavaliers Saturday night.