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News » THUNDER 109, BULLS 98 (OT)


CHICAGO - The first overtime game of the season brought the Thunder its second road win.

Oklahoma City outlasted the Chicago Bulls 109-98 on Saturday night at the United Center, stunning a crowd of 20,469 and bumping its record to 6-32.

"It was a big win," said Thunder coach Scott Brooks. "The guys played with a lot of heart. It was the fourth game in five nights. It was a huge effort by a lot of guys. It was a total team effort."

The Thunder outscored the Bulls 15-4 in overtime, clamping down on defense like never before and limiting Chicago to 2-of-10 made shots from the field. After turning the ball over 19 times in regulation, the Thunder finished the overtime period without a single giveaway.

It was as impressive a performance as the Thunder has had all season given the fact Chicago entered Saturday night's game 12-5 on its home floor.

"It was big time for us because we needed a win on the road," said Kevin Durant, who scored a game-high 28 points and had 12 rebounds. "We've been playing well, and for us to reap the benefits feels good."

The Thunder overcame its 40.8 percent shooting by out-hustling the Bulls all night. Oklahoma City out-rebounded Chicago 59-37, leading to a 28-12 advantage in second-chance points. Russell Westbrook and Jeff Green both had double-doubles of 14 points and 12 rebounds.

"You can live with bad shooting nights," Brooks said. "As long as they're good shots and the effort's good you can live with that."

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