Bulls Win Against OKC, Winners of 3 in a Row (Chicago, IL) — With the Bulls on a 2-game winning streak and searching for their 3rd, they took the court against the Thunder, and brought the lightning. The Bulls held an even pace in the 1st quarter despite not getting as many shots off as the Thunder. The Bulls made 2 out of 6 shots beyond the three-point line and 3 out of 4 shots at the rim. The Bulls’ defense was strong against the Thunder’s barrage of shots, but OKC still managed to score 29 points on the Bulls while the Bulls scored 22. In the 2nd quarter, the Bulls sped up their pace on both the offense and defense. The Bulls managed to wiggle their way to the rim much more in the 2nd quarter, but their shots from range were covered well. The Bulls only made 1 out of 8 shots from outside the arc. The Bulls were able to make up for their long-range shots with their short and mid-range shots, and finished the 2nd quarter scoring 28 points while holding the Thunder to 25 points. By the end of the 1st half, the Bulls trailed the Thunder 54 – 50.
At the Half
The Bulls dominated the court in the 3rd quarter, finding countless gaps in the Thunders defense. The Bulls made 10 out of 13 shots in the paint and 2 out of 3 shots from mid-range. The Bulls struggled to find traction from outside the arc, making 2 out 7 shots from the 3-point line. The Bulls’ defense was able to hold back the Thunder, allowing OKC to score 26 points while the Bulls scored 31. The Bulls took a slight lead by the end of the 3rd quarter with the score at 81 – 80. In the 4th quarter, the Bulls kept their shots diverse all around the court. The Bulls couldn’t seem to find the traction they wanted at the rim, so they started firing off many shots right outside the paint. The Bulls didn’t waste much time outside the arc, making 2 out of 4 shots from the outside. The Thunder were desperate for three-pointers, but the Bulls would not let up on their defense, allowing the Thunder to score 1 out of 10 shots from the three-point line. The Bulls hustled in the 4th and came out on top, scoring 25 points and holding the Thunder to 21 points. The Bulls beat the Thunder 106 – 101.
Game Leaders were DeMar DeRozan with 38 points along with Ayo Dosunmu, who handed out 9 assists. Nikola Vucevic was able to snag 15 rebounds as well as 2 blocks and 2 steals. The Bulls made 44.9% of their collective shots and 28.0% of every 3-point shot.
The Bulls will face the Spurs at home on Monday (2/14/2022) at 7:00pm CST.