Bulls Vs. Thunder: OKC Wins Statement Game Against Chicago

With Derrick Rose on the sidelines, the visiting Chicago Bulls had no chance against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

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Bulls Vs. Thunder: Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant Lead Oklahoma City To 92-78 Win

Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook went off for the the Thunder. The Bulls' Derrick Rose sat out with an injury. You know how this ends: Oklahoma City 92, Chicago 78.

If it wasn't terribly surprising that OKC handled the down-an-MVP Bulls, it was eye-opening how thoroughly they dispatched the NBA's top team, which has remained a top team without Rose in the lineup this season. The Thunder never trailed and lead by as many as 30.

Some quick games notes (or just skip down to the must-see highlights):

• Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook combined for 53 (!) points on 21-of-32 shooting (!!!). They played 32 and 29 minutes of action respectively, which is to say that they could have scored much more.

• The Thunder defense held the Bulls to a putrid offensive outing, including 33 percent shooting from the field. OKC's only blemish defensively was allowing the Bulls to collect 18 offensive rebounds, but when a team misses 61 shots, some of them are going to bounce back into their own hands.

• The win puts Oklahoma City (40-12) a game behind the Bulls (42-12) for the best record in the league, and homecourt advantage throughout the playoffs. Obviously, this would be a big deal if these teams were to meet again in the NBA Finals.

• The Bulls need Derrick Rose. Yeah, I know ... OK, moving on ...


• Highlight of the Game: Russell Westbrook's halfcourt alley-oop to Kevin Durant:


• Dunk of the Game: Russell Westbrook did something terrible to Omer Asik


• Show This to Your Friends Right Now of the Game: Thunder Mascot hits halfcourt shot -- backwards

Everything the Thunder put up against the Bulls seemed to go in -- including their mascot. That's Rumble the Bison, who has something to do with thunder, tossing a basketball backward over his head and then giving a non-nonchalant leg kick. The crowd loves it and so should you!

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Derrick Rose To Be A Game-Time Decision As Bulls Visit Thunder

Derrick Rose, who has missed nine consecutive games with a strained groin, will be a game-time decision for the Chicago Bulls' nationally televised Sunday matinee against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau told reporters after Saturday's practice in Oklahoma City that the decision would be made Sunday. The game is scheduled for a 1 p.m. ET tip.

Rose has missed 19 of Chicago's 53 games this season. The Bulls are 14-5 without Rose (.736) and 28-6 with him (.824). The Thunder are a particularly difficult opponent, however, and sit two games behind Chicago for the best record in the league. The Bulls are 42-11, and the Thunder are 39-12.

Rose last played on March 12 in a victory over the New York Knicks. He had 32 points, seven assists and six rebounds in nearly 43 minutes of action. Sunday's game is the only regular-season meeting between the two teams. In two contests last season, the home team won each game.

For more on the Bulls, visit Blog-a-Bull and SB Nation Chicago.

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