Butler scores 23 points, Bulls beat Thunder 105-96
OKLAHOMA CITY— Jimmy Butler scored 23 points, and Pau Gasol had 21 points and 13 rebounds in the Chicago Bulls’ 105-96 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday.
Derrick Rose added 19 points, and Taj Gibson had 13 points and 10 rebounds to help the Bulls snap a three-game losing streak.
Kevin Durant had 29 points, nine rebounds and seven assists for Oklahoma City, and Russell Westbrook added 26 points, eight assists and seven rebounds. The Thunder had won three straight and nine of 10.
The Bulls led by 18 at the end of the third quarter. Oklahoma City changed things up and played Anthony Morrow and Enes Kanter with Durant, Westbrook and Serge Ibaka for most of the fourth quarter. The unit played well, but the Thunder got no closer than six.
Oklahoma City shot 38.5 percent from the field, its third-worst showing of the season.