Thursday night's nationally televised clash between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Chicago Bulls was a classic matchup of a prolific offense battling a stingy defense.
The Thunder wound up prevailing by a score of 97-91, with Kevin Durant leading the way with 24 points. In a game that came down to the wire, Durant came up clutch as only he could. Knocking down shot after shot down the stretch, Durant propelled the Thunder to a huge early-season victory.
A running storyline this season, Russell Westbrook was incredibly inefficient once again, scoring 16 points on a weak 7-of-22 shooting. By comparison, Durant converted on 11-of-19 attempts.
Another questionable offensive performance will undoubtedly mean more criticism in the coming days for Westbrook, but there shouldn't be expectations that he'll change his reckless ways any time soon.
As for the Bulls, Luol Deng and Richard Hamilton helped lead the way, combining to score 47 points on the night.