There was a bit of a reason for concern over the first three games of the season for the Oklahoma City Thunder after a 1-2 start considering all of the criticism they received for dealing James Harden–last year’s Sixth Man of the Year winner–to the Houston Rockets just a few days before the start of the regular season. Since their shaky start, the Thunder have won each of their last two games–with their latest coming on Thursday against the Chicago Bulls.
Oklahoma City came through with a big 97-91 win on Thursday over Chicago thanks to strong performances by Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. While Durant finished the game with 24 points, Westbrook contributed 16 points of his own to go along with 12 assists to help the Thunder get above .500 with a 3-2 record.
Even without Derrick Rose, this was still a big win for the Thunder considering the Bulls are loaded with enough talent to compete in the Eastern Conference once again this season. If Rose does return this season and helps Chicago make another run at the postseason, it wouldn’t be a surprise if these teams were two of the top contenders for the NBA Finals down the road.
Of course, that’s too far to even think about at the moment–so let’s just enjoy the fact that the Thunder appear to be back on track after Thursday’s win over the Bulls and hope they can keep the ball rolling over the next couple of weeks.
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