Chicago Bulls vs. Oklahoma City Thunder: Live Score and Analysis for Chicago
Rose led all scorers with 26 points, while Durant and Jeremy Lamb each scored a team-high 22 points. Carlos Boozer, Luol Deng and Jimmy Butler combined for 52 points and 28 rebounds during Chicago's win.
The Bulls improved to a perfect 7-0 preseason record, and the Thunder dropped to 4-3. OKC's preseason has concluded, and Chicago play one final game before the 2013-14 NBA regular season tips off.
Bleacher Report provided live scoring and in-game analysis for both Chicago and Oklahoma City throughout the preseason tilt, so feel free to check out what we discussed.
Thanks for sticking around during the game, everyone.
The Bulls season-opener against the two-time defending NBA champion Miami Heat is a mere five days away.
How exciting is that?
Chicago played a streaky, unimpressive game for approximately 44 minutes. But when it mattered the most, Derrick Rose did what superstars are expected to do; he stepped up and led the Bulls to victory.
Carlos Boozer played well in the post, and Luol Deng was consistently a factor on both ends of the court.
Ball control was an issue for the team during the first half, ceding possession 12 times, but Chicago's offense committed just six turnovers in the second half.
The Bulls converted 23 of 28 free-throws, so the team did not leave many points on the floor. Additionally, Chicago's defense forced OKC to go just 4-for-17 from behind the arc.
Tom Thibodeau's team is a legitimate contender, and it showed that, despite struggling, winning a tight game against a big-name opponent is something Chicago is more than capable of doing.
This looked like an off-night for Derrick Rose against OKC, then he scored 13 pts in last 4:32 to finish with 26 in 35 mins. Bulls now 7-0.— Mike McGraw (@McGrawDHBulls) October 24, 2013
Chicago Player of the Game: Derrick Rose
For a while, it looked like Luol Deng would take home MVP honors. Deng put together a solid offensive performance, scoring 20 points and grabbing 12 boards, and he was also tasked with guarding Kevin Durant, which he did admirably.
But during the fourth quarter, Derrick Rose did Derrick Rose things because he is Derrick Rose.
Rose scored 13 of his 26 points in the frame, including a trifecta of three-pointers, and he added six assists, four rebounds and a steal.
It was Rose's fourth consecutive game scoring at least 22 points, and the former MVP is ready for the regular season.
Bulls 104, Thunder 95 — Final
That'll do it in Kansas.
Paced by Derrick Rose's 26 points, Chicago improves to 7-0 during the preseason. Carlos Boozer (20 points, 14 rebounds) and Luol Deng (20 points, 10 rebounds) both earned double-doubles while Jimmy Butler chipped in 12 points.
Full final stats available on NBA.com.
The Bulls' final contest is Friday night against the Denver Nuggets at the United Center.
I have to talk to Reggie Jackson about the skates he was put on by Drose today.— Lance Fresh (@LanceFresh) October 24, 2013
Now that's not very nice.
He was just saving it all up for the 4th quarter apparently. Rose has now scored or assisted on 16 of the Bulls last 18 points.— Kelly Scaletta (@KellyScaletta) October 24, 2013
Usually a good time to start draining shots. Impressive fourth quarter from Rose.
Insult to injury.
Actually, insult in continued return from injury.
Rose connects on another from downtown, the Bulls hit the century mark, and Chicago holds an eight-point lead as time winds down.
Bulls 100, Thunder 92 — 34 seconds remaining in Fourth Quarter
Apparently Boozer didn't travel, he lays it in high off the glass and the Bulls offense is clicking.
Of course, the problem remains on the defensive end, and OKC is sticking around.
Bulls 94, Thunder 90 — 2:28 remaining in Fourth Quarter
With Pelicans losing tonight, preseason title fate now in Bulls hands. Rose back in; championship locker room hats likely soon on sale— Sam Smith (@SamSmithHoops) October 24, 2013
Time to close out the game, Chicago. The championship is on the line.
This matters, right?
As mentioned earlier, Rose has been struggling on offense, but he just nailed a big three-pointer to cap an 11-0 run.
Bulls 89, Thunder 85 — 3:32 remaining in Fourth Quarter
Seriously, no one is stopping that shot by Durant.
GIF courtesy of Daily Thunder's Royce Young.
Jeff Van Gundy is just the best.— Royce Young (@royceyoung) October 24, 2013
ESPN commentator Jeff Van Gundy is rather upset at the interpretation of delay-of-game—and rightfully so.
There was nothing else for Dunleavy to do except catch the ball. If anyone should have been whistled for delay, it was Boozer.
Deng played excellent defense on Durant, but that shot is practically impossible to disrupt.
OKC is flat-out outworking Chicago, and an open-three pointer from the ageless Derek Fisher hands the Bulls its biggest deficit of the game.
Thunder 85, Bulls 78 — 6:42 remaining in Fourth Quarter
Both teams are shooting 27-for-60 from the field, and the game is even at 76.
How 'bout that?
Durant is picking apart the Chicago defense, and OKC has tied the game.
The Bulls need to step up defensively and a semblance of an attack on offense is necessary.
Bulls 76, Thunder 76 — 10:18 remaining in Fourth Quarter
Carlos Boozer: 16 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists
Luol Deng: 13 points, 7 rebounds
Derrick Rose: 13 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists
Jimmy Butler: 12 points, 4 rebounds
Mike Dunleavy: 7 points, 3 rebounds
After dominating the last three games, Derrick Rose is really struggling to find his shot tonight. He's 3-for-12 and frustrated.— Nick Friedell (@NickFriedell) October 24, 2013
Derrick Rose has dazzled on a couple drives to the rim and drained a three-pointer, but he has struggled otherwise.
Brutal quarter by Chicago. Defensive letdowns and failing to convert on the offensive end allowed the Thunder back into the game.
Steven Adams and Reggie Jackson both had and-one opportunities, and Thibodeau was less than pleased at the defensive rotation that allowed Adams' easy bucket.
Oklahoma City closed the gap to three points, outscoring the Bulls 31-23.
Bulls 74, Thunder 71 — End Third Quarter
Thibodeau irate after that play, did massive fist pump in disgust and is lighting up team. Threatening to dislocate his shirt collar.— K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) October 24, 2013
The Bulls still aren't playing crisp basketball, and OKC is cutting into the lead.
Bulls 70, Thunder 65 — 2:11 remaining in Third Quarter
I guess we've reached the Kevin Durant doing work part of the program.— Darnell Mayberry (@DarnellMayberry) October 24, 2013
Durant has really challenged Chicago during the third quarter. He has eight points in the frame even though Luol Deng has constantly been in his face.
Fantastic backdoor cut by Deng for an easy layup. The OKC defense vacated the low-post, and Chicago's small forward entered the empty space.
Rose's dribble-penetration abilities should open plenty of lanes like that this season.
Bulls 62, Thunder 56 — 6:16 remaining in Third Quarter
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