West­brook's Thun­der roll over Bulls

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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

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