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Saturday, January 10th (All times eastern)

Oklahoma City Thunder (5-32) at Chicago Bulls (16-20), 8:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Chicago Bulls will resume a five-game homestand Saturday versus the Oklahoma City Thunder at the United Center.

The Bulls have won two in a row after a three-game slide and improved to 2-1 on the residency following Friday's 98-86 victory over the Washington Wizards. Ben Gordon posted 22 points to lead the Bulls, who are 12-5 in the Windy City this season.

Drew Gooden finished with 16 points and 11 rebounds, while Tyrus Thomas also had 16 points and pulled down 10 boards in a winning effort. Larry Hughes contributed 17 points and rookie Derrick Rose chipped in eight points and nine assists for Chicago.

The Bulls will also welcome Portland to the United Center.

Oklahoma City has been pitiful on the road this season as evidenced by its 1-16 away mark, and will visit Chicago and New Jersey on the trek. The Thunder have lost two straight overall and eight of 10 games, including Friday's 98-96 setback versus the Houston Rockets.

Kevin Durant had a game-high 27 points and added six rebounds and five assists to lead the Thunder. Russell Westbrook registered 15 points, six boards and six assists in defeat.

Chicago went 2-0 against Seattle/Oklahoma City a year ago and has won four straight in the series. The Bulls have won the last two encounters as the host.

01/10 10:28:43 ET

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