In a back-and-forth battle on Thursday night, the visiting Oklahoma City Thunder emerged victorious over the Chicago Bulls, 97-91.
Kevin Durant was spectacular, going 11-for-19 from the floor while posting 24 points, three steals and three blocks. He was a big part of the Thunder's run in the fourth quarter when they outscored the Bulls 31-19.
The Thunder had a 48-46 lead at the half, but the Bulls stormed back in the third quarter, outscoring Chicago 25-18.
But Oklahoma City roared back behind Durant, shocking the home crowd at United Center.
Serge Ibaka added 21 points, nine rebounds and four blocks for the Thunder, while Luol Deng dropped 27 points in a losing effort.
Player of the Game: Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder
Durant was fantastic down the stretch when he scored 10 points in the final six-and-a-half minutes. That included a fadeaway at the top of the key that buried the Bulls with 19 seconds remaining.
Stars step up when it matters most.
Up Next for Thunder
Oklahoma City will host the Detroit Pistons on Friday. Detroit is the only team to start the season 0-5 and lost a nail-biter to the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday.
Up Next for Bulls
Chicago hosts the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday. Minnesota is currently 3-1 after defeating the Brooklyn Nets and the Orlando Magic in back-to-back games.