Thunder too tough for Bulls

Print Article

Associated Press The Thunder’s Russell Westbrook drives on the Bulls’ Cristiano Felicio, left, Monday.

CHICAGO (AP) — Even Russell Westbrook was impressed with the passing by Oklahoma City’s big men.

Westbrook flirted with another triple-double and Steven Adams led a dominant effort in the paint, helping the Thunder pull away from the Chicago Bulls for an easy 109-94 victory Monday night.

Westbrook had 21 points, 14 assists and nine rebounds, falling just short of his 18th triple-double of the season. But his all-around performance is practically a sure thing these days.

It was the inside play of Adams and Enes Kanter that really hurt Chicago, with the big men scoring with ease or passing out of double-teams to set up their teammates.

“They do a great job of playing off each other,” Westbrook said.

Adams had 22 points on 11-for-14 shooting, and Kanter finished with 20 points and 11 rebounds. The duo helped the Thunder to 56.6 percent shooting from the field, a 60-36 advantage on points in the paint and a 42-38 edge in rebounding.

“I thought tonight, on both ends of the floor, we played at a high level,” coach Billy Donovan said.

Dwyane Wade led Chicago with 22 points, and Michael Carter-Williams had 15. Cristiano Felicio finished with 11 points and 11 rebounds.

The Bulls had won three in a row and five of seven, but they were no match for the Thunder with Jimmy Butler hampered by an illness. The reigning Eastern Conference player of the week had one point on 0-for-6 shooting and seven assists.

“I appreciate him coming out and giving it a shot. That says a lot about him, as a competitor, but he was really struggling, obviously,” coach Fred Hoiberg said.

Print Article

Read More Sports News

Brewers can't shut down Nimmo in 5-0 loss

May 25, 2018 at 10:09 am | MILWAUKEE (AP) - Brandon Nimmo is making a strong case to remain in the New York Mets' everyday lineup. Nimmo reached base five times, Steven Matz pitched six solid innings and the Mets beat the Mil...

Comments

Read More

Gordon leads Rockets over Warriors

May 25, 2018 at 10:10 am | HOUSTON (AP) - Chris Paul's grit and veteran leadership have pushed the Golden State Warriors to the brink of elimination. Now the Houston Rockets must wait to see if his injured leg is strong enoug...

Comments

Read More

Cavs face must-win at home in game 6

May 25, 2018 at 10:10 am | CLEVELAND (AP) - Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue was answering a question about Boston's defense on LeBron James during a teleconference when he tripped the security system at his home. A piercing alarm ...

Comments

Read More

Bundy fans 14 to lead O's over ChiSox

AP

May 25, 2018 at 10:12 am | CHICAGO (AP) - Backed by a bunch of runs right away, Dylan Bundy dominated. Bundy struck out a career-high 14 and pitched a two-hitter for his second complete game in the majors, leading the Baltimo...

Comments

Read More

Contact Us

(608) 365-8811
149 State Street
Beloit, WI 53511

©2018 Beloit Daily News Terms of Use Privacy Policy
X