Thunder Bolts: Oklahoma City 101, Chicago Bulls 69

By Darnell Pointer

Sports Blogger

@Darnell_Pointer

 

Westbrook’s triple-double record

(ACN, Flickr)

After Russell Westbrook’s historic MVP season last year, he had failed to record a triple double against one team, the Chicago Bulls. Westbrook got his 12 points, 13 assists and 13 rebound triple double with ease on Saturday, as he recorded it halfway through the third quarter. Westbrook is now the lone player in NBA history to have a triple-double against all 29 opposing teams. This is Westbrook’s third triple double of the season after recording 42 last season.

Thunder’s defense steps up

Although they faced one of the worst teams, the Thunder allowed only 69 points. The Thunder, who lead the league in steals with 11 per game, racked up a season-high 16 steals. Oklahoma City forced 19 turnovers, scoring 20 points off them. They also pressured the Bulls into shooting 28 percent from the field. All but one player on the Thunder roster had a positive plus/minus in this dominating win.

Thunder win on the road

The Thunder finally won a road game after three tries. The other two road games were against decent teams in the Utah Jazz and the Minnesota Timberwolves, where they lost by a combined 11 points. The Thunder will have a couple days before they travel to Milwaukee and face Giannis Antetokounmpo to try and get their second road victory.

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