Before the season began, an inter-conference matchup between the Thunder and the Bulls seemed like a tasty affair, and one that would be worthy of its mid-December nationally televised time slot.
But after Derrick Rose once again went down for the season with an injury, and with Luol Deng missing this one with a sore Achilles, Chicago simply didn’t have enough talent in place to compete with one of the league’s best teams.
As a result, the Thunder improved to a league-best 21-4 on the season with a 107-95 victory that was honestly never in doubt.
Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook were each relatively unstoppable, and every time the Bulls turned it over, it seemed as thought the Thunder were getting out to score easy points in transition. OKC ended up with a 24-10 edge in fast break points, and the Thunder got a strong 18 points from Reggie Jackson off the bench.
There was absolutely no surprise with the way this game turned out — the Thunder are one of the league’s more uptempo teams, especially at home, and the Bulls are more of a plodding defensive club (even when healthy) that would have a tough time matching the scoring power and the overall energy that this Thunder team brings on a nightly basis.
Credit Chicago as always for fighting to the best of its ability, but Oklahoma City is competing on a completely different level at this point of the season. And it showed in this one.