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                    === Thunder top injury-ridden Bulls ===
 Oklahoma City, OK ( - Kevin Durant scored 32 points, Russell
 Westbrook had 20 and the Oklahoma City Thunder topped the Chicago Bulls 107-95
 on Thursday to remain unbeaten at home.
 Reggie  Jackson added  18 points, Durant had nine rebounds and six assists and
 Westbrook  dished out  10 assists for the Thunder, who stretched their overall
 winning  streak  to eight games and  moved to 13-0 at Chesapeake Energy Arena,
 the NBA's last unbeaten home team.
 They  are 21-4,  the NBA's best record,  and 16-1 in their last 17 games, with
 only one loss since Nov. 14.
 Joakim  Noah  had 23 points and  12 rebounds to lead the injury-plagued Bulls,
 who have lost four in a row and seven of their last eight.
 The Bulls were without Luol Deng (sore Achilles) and Kirk Hinrich (back). They
 fell to 3-11 since losing Derrick Rose to another knee injury.
 The  Thunder  led wire-to-wire and  pulled away in  the second half, turning a
 three-point halftime lead into a 15-point advantage with 3 1/2 minutes left in
 the third quarter.
 Durant and Westbrook combined for 17 points in the quarter and Durant's runner
 made  it 79-64. The Thunder took an 84-72 lead into the fourth quarter and the
 Bulls never got closer than eight the rest of the way. Oklahoma City led by as
 many as 19.
 "I  thought we did a good job in the second half of really being active on the
 ball  and  pushing them out  of their comfort  zone," said Thunder coach Scott
 Durant  scored 12  points in the first  quarter, missing just two of his seven
 shots, and the Thunder took a 35-24 lead into the second.
 They led by 14 on Jackson's jumper four minutes into the quarter but the Bulls
 later used a 9-0 run to get within three. The burst was capped by back-to-back
 3s  from Tony Snell  and D.J. Augustin, who completed a four- point play after
 he was fouled by Westbrook to make it 47-44.
 Jackson  and Durant responded with consecutive 3s for the Thunder, who carried
 a 55-52 lead into halftime behind 17 points from Durant and 15 from Jackson.
 "I thought we still had a shot in the second half. I thought we were within
 striking distance but we couldn't get the key stops when we needed them," said
 Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau. "They're good, you've got to give them credit but I
 thought our guys fought hard."
                                   Game Notes
 The  Thunder have won  four in a row over the Bulls ... The Thunder are on the
 road Saturday against Southwest Division-leading San Antonio ... The Bulls are
 home against Cleveland on Saturday.
 12/20 01:52:38 ET

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