E’Twaun Moore lifts Bulls past Westbrook, Thunder

CHICAGO (AP) — E’Twaun Moore hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 2.1 seconds remaining and the Chicago Bulls rallied to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 108-105 on Thursday night, ending Russell Westbrook’s triple-double streak at four.

Westbrook had 43 points on 14-of-32 shooting and added seven assists and eight rebounds. On Wednesday night in Oklahoma City, he had career highs with 49 points and 16 rebounds and added 10 assists in an overtime victory over Philadelphia.

Westbrook scored 19 points in the third quarter to help the Thunder take a 79-72 lead into the fourth. The Bulls pulled within one on Nikola Mirotic’s two free throws with 2:16 remaining. Westbrook then split two with 1:07 to play, and Enes Kanter rebounded the miss and scored to give Oklahoma City a 103-99 lead.

Mirotic made a 3-pointer, and Westbrook hit a jumper with 37.1 seconds left. Mirotic made two free throws with 28.9 to go, pulling Chicago within one. Westbrook then had an air-ball with the shot-clock expiring, and Moore followed with his 3-pointer. After the 3, Westbrook stepped out of bounds after taking the inbounds pass.

Mirotic finished with 26 points, Pau Gasol had 21 points and 12 rebounds, Mike Dunleavy also had 21 points, and Moore added 19. Joakim Noah had 12 rebounds, putting him over 5,000 for his career.

Serge Ibaka had 25 points and nine rebounds for Oklahoma City.

Westbrook was the first player to have four straight triple-doubles since Michael Jordan had seven in 1989. The All-Star MVP scored at least 40 points for the third straight game.

Westbrook wore a mask and a headband for the second straight game after fracturing a bone in his right cheek Friday night in Portland. He had surgery Saturday and sat out Sunday against the Los Angeles Lakers.

Playing without former MVP Derrick Rose (right knee) and All-Star Jimmy Butler (left elbow), Chicago ended its season-high seven-game homestand 5-2.


Thunder: Steven Adams (right hand) didn’t play, and coach Scott Brooks said he’s “getting close” to returning. Adams hasn’t played since Feb. 8. … Westbrook sounded flattered that his triple-double streak brought up Jordan’s name. “That’s definitely an honor, man. I’m nowhere close to the things that Michael accomplished,” Westbrook said. “He’s the greatest player to play the game.”

Bulls: Coach Tom Thibodeau said Rose has been doing some “form shooting” and is in the early stages of his rehab from a torn meniscus in his right knee. “It’ll probably step up a little bit next week,” Thibodeau said. … Kirk Hinrich played his 697th game with the Bulls, passing Jerry Sloan for third in franchise history


Thunder: At home against the Raptors on Sunday.

Bulls: At Indiana on Friday.

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