Westbrook's Thunder roll over Bulls
L OS ANGELES -- Russell Westbrook fell one rebound shy of his 18th tripledouble of the season, but his 21 points were plenty in the Oklahoma City Thunder's 109-94 NBA victory over the Bulls in Chicago.
NBA scoring leader Westbrook maintained his sizzling form, adding 14 assists and nine rebounds in the win.
It's the fourth time this season he has finished one point, one rebound or one assist shy of a triple-double.
The anticipated clash between Westbrook and red-hot Bulls forward Jimmy Butler didn't materialize, with Butler hampered by the illness that prevented him from attending Chicago's morning shoot-around.
Butler, who was named the NBA's Eastern Conference Player of the Week earlier Monday, played just under 29 minutes and finished with just one point.
He went 0-for-6 from the field and was taken out of the game in the second half because of the illness.
Veteran Dwyane Wade scored 22 points, Michael Carter-Williams added 15 and Jerian Grant and Cristiano Felicio contributed 11 points apiece for the Bulls.
But it wasn't enough to keep pace with the Thunder, who had three players besides Westbrook score in double figures.
Center Steven Adams of New Zealand scored 22 points, big man Enes Kanter of Turkey added 20 and Victor Oladipo contributed 13.
Oklahoma City led most of the first half, building a 17-point margin in the second quarter and taking a 61-46 lead into the locker room at halftime.
A three-point play by Taj Gibson with 6:51 left in the third pulled the Bulls within 67-57, but Chicago would get no cl oser. - abscbn
Oklahoma City Thunder forward Jerami Grant (9) and Oklahoma City Thunder center Enes Kanter (11) celebrate during the second half of the game against the Chicago Bulls at United Center. Photo by Caylor Arnold-USA TODAY Sports/Reuters