Thunder Bolts: Oklahoma City Thunder 92, Chicago Bulls 79

By Joel Devick

Sports Blogger


Russ takes the Bull(s) by the horns

(BipHoo Company, Flickr)

When playing an inferior opponent like the Thunder did against the Bulls, the leader must be sharp. Reigning league MVP Russell Westbrook was on his game, especially in the first quarter when OKC jumped to a 27-7 lead and never looked back. Westbrook couldn’t achieve what is for him a routine triple double, but he put on a show with several monstrous dunks throughout the game while leading the Thunder with 21 points and seven assists.

Charity stripe donations

The Thunder took what was given to them when being fouled. OKC made 32-of-37 free throw attempts for a team percentage of 86.5. Everyone chipping in at the foul line and making it at a rate as high as that is almost a guarantee that a team will either be in a game or be dominating one, and the latter is exactly what the case was against Chicago.

Three-game winning streak is sign of things to come

Momentum is starting to build for a Thunder team that has struggled to find it in the early going this season. All the starters seem to be jelling well and playing as a unit; not a single player in coach Billy Donovan’s starting five had a negative plus-minus, and they didn’t play away from their strengths for the majority of the game. OKC needs to keep up the pace in what is a stacked Western Conference.

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