This game was ugly from the opening tip. Chicago deserves a lot of credit for staying in this game and pushing it to overtime. The Bulls were out rebounded by the Thunder at a clip of 59-37, but despite that deficit, they lead by 7, 88-81 midway through the fourth quarter before the Thunder battled back and tied it up with a little over a minute left in regulation. Both teams traded chances to win the game in the final minute, but failed.
In overtime though, it was a one sided affair as the Thunder outscored the Bulls 15-4. Nick Collison had a season high 21 points for the Thunder tonight, but were lead by Durant with 28. Westbrook, Green, and Durant all pulled in 12 boards, and Collison another 9 on a night where the Thunder were seemingly uncontested on the boards most of the night.
Overall though it was a sloppy game, lots of ugly shots, lots of turnovers, just lots of bad play by both teams. The Bulls, much like the Thunder, were playing back to back games, so maybe it was a bit of fatigue coming into play. The Thunder were coming off of back to back home and away games, on back to back nights, in four out of five days. As much as a mouthful as that was, I'm sure the actual act of playing those 4 games in five days was way more exhausting, so we'll give our boys a pass and congratulate them on win #6!
...and I think ESPN and whoever else can keep their mouth shut in regards to calling us the worst team in the History of the NBA. There is no question this team will have double digit wins by seasons end. I still think they could hit close to 20 and finish with nearly as good, or better than last years win tally.