Ruthless Steven Adams leads OKC demolition of Chicago Bulls

Kristopher Nichols
January 10, 2017

The Bulls' reliance on Butler is no secret. The guard finished with 21 points, 14 assists and nine rebounds, lifting the Thunder to a 23-16 record, as well as staying in pursuit of averaging a triple-double for the season.

ABOUT THE THUNDER (22-16): Westbrook is a career 30.7 percent shooter from 3-point range and went 4-of-22 from beyond the arc in the first two games this month before exploding over the last two contests.

Starting Darrell Arthur is a step in the right direction seeing how he excels in pick-and-roll coverage and is one of the smarter defensive players on the roster.

It is easy for opponents of the Oklahoma City Thunder to get caught up in the glitz and fury of Russell Westbrook.

The Adams-Kanter duo got him to the fourth. As a result, the Bulls ended the first down 26-20. It even allowed him and Westbrook to renew their customary dance to start the game.

The Thunder led by just six entering the second quarter, but opened up a 15-point lead by halftime.

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At least Bulls guard Jimmy Butler had a reason for his dismal night from the floor in an ugly loss to the Thunder. But Oklahoma City dealt the knockout blow, a 14-6 run that pushed a 93-88 lead to 107-94 with just over five minutes to play.

Jimmy Butler (illness) will not return tonight vs. OKC.

Butler missed the morning shootaround and gave it a go for 29 mainly ineffective minutes. "So I think we wait to see how his back responds to live contact today and see how he feels after shootaround tomorrow and then we will make a game-time decision on his availability for tomorrow night".

While Westbrook is having a historic season, notching his 17th triple-double of the season in a win against the Denver Nuggets on Sunday, Butler is also playing historically efficient basketball in the fourth quarter and overtime for the Bulls. He then came up with a steal that led to a 3-point play by Jerami Grant. The aforementioned Stache Bros combined for 42 points on 20-25 shooting; efficiency like that from two players is almost impossible to stop. He's got a couple of D-League games under his belt.

The Thunder's starters were in hysterics on the bench, Westbrook smiling with his hands to his head, as OKC was on its way to snapping a four-game road losing streak.

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