The Oklahoma City Thunder led by as many as 30 points on their way to beating the Chicago Bulls 92-78 in a matchup between the top two teams in the National Basketball Association.
Russell Westbrook scored 27 points and Kevin Durant had 26 and 10 rebounds for the Thunder, who improved to 40-12 with their sixth straight win and eighth victory in 10 games. The Bulls (42-12) are now one game ahead of Oklahoma City for the NBA’s best record after their seven-game winning streak on the road came to a halt.
Chicago has 12 games remaining, two less than Oklahoma City in a regular season that was shortened to 66 games from the usual 82 by a 54-day delay to the start to the campaign as owners and players negotiated a new 10-year labor accord.
The Thunder, facing a Bulls team without NBA Most Valuable Player Derrick Rose because of a groin injury, led 49-39 at halftime and took a stranglehold of the game by outscoring Chicago 31-12 in the third quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City.
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