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Durant leads Thunder past Bulls 97-85

WGIL Newsroom . State Sports 177

chicagobullsCHICAGO (AP) — Kevin Durant finished with 35 points and 12 rebounds, and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Chicago Bulls 97-85 on Monday night.

Russell Westbrook added 17 points after sitting out the previous day to rest his surgically repaired knee, and the Thunder rebounded from their most lopsided loss of the season.

They went on a 13-point run after the Bulls scored eight straight early in the fourth to cut the lead to one and pulled this one out after falling by 23 at home to Dallas on Sunday.

Durant ran his streak of games with 25 or more points to 32, the longest in the NBA since Michael Jordan did it in 40 in a row during the 1986-87 season. He also chipped in with five assists.

Chicago’s Joakim Noah, who’s been hearing “MVP!” chants lately, shot 2 of 8 but finished with nine points, 12 rebounds and nine assists.