OKC was playing the 2nd game of a back to back and in the waning moments of the 4th quarter, the team looked fatigued. The Bulls outscored OKC 36-26 in the 4th en route to a thrilling finish when reserve E’Twaun Moore sunk a big trey to give the Bulls a 107-105 lead with 4.9 secs to go. An exciting win without Rose or Butler and the Bulls played like a team.
Nikola Mirotic added a Free-throw after Westbrook stepped out of bounds to give the ball back to the Bulls. Chicago won 108 to 105 against a tired team and a hot player.
This was one of the most satisfying wins of the year, beating a hot team with a sensational player in Westbrook. The Bulls earned the victory because Mirotic again stepped up to score 23 points and was uncanny from the charity strip. Pau Gasol scored 21 points and had 12 boards. Mike Dunleavy scored 21 points. and Joakim Noah had a big game. Although he only scored 4 points, he had 9 assists (team high) and 12 rebounds.
Moore scored 19 (a career high) and his game winning shot is one to remember. “It’s been a while,” he said with a smile. For the Bulls call it great timing.
The play was drawn up by head coach Tom Thibodeau. Dunleavy threw a pass to Gasol, who drew two defenders to him, he then passed the ball right to Moore who was wide open on the left of the key. Moore swished the shot and the United Center went bonkers.
Chicago closed out it’s 7 game home stand with a 5-2 record and are now 39-23 for the season.