(OKLAHOMA CITY) — In what could be a possible NBA Finals preview, the Oklahoma City Thunder showed the Chicago Bulls why they are best in the West on Sunday.
The Thunder (40-12) took care of the Bulls, 92-78, led by their dynamic duo of Russell Westbrook, who scored 27, and Kevin Durant, who added 26, in the win. The thrashing pulled Oklahoma City within one-game of Chicago (42-12) for the best record in the league.
“We just picked up the intensity, I think. Playing hard. I can’t stop saying it,” Durant said. “Every possession, we’ve just been trying to scramble as hard as we can on the defensive end and move the ball on the offensive end. We’ve got to keep it up.”
The Bulls were without their all-star guard Derrick Rose for the 10th straight game.
“Derrick’s a great player. Obviously, we prefer to have him,” Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau said. “But we have more than enough. I was more concerned tonight with the mental aspect. I thought we made a lot of mental mistakes.”
The win also clinched a playoff berth for the Thunder.
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Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN Newswire
Jill Martin, CNN