Durant helps Thunder rally past Bulls

Fri Nov 9, 2012 12:49am EST
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(Reuters) - Some late game heroics from three-time all-star Kevin Durant powered the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 97-91 victory against the Chicago Bulls at the United Center in Chicago on Thursday.

Trailing by six at three-quarter time, the Thunder rallied late with Durant making a couple of clutch baskets in the final minute to help his side pull away and improve to 3-2 early in the NBA season.

Having made a nice fade away jumper just seconds earlier, Durant iced the game with an off-balance one foot fade-away basket with 35 seconds left.

Durant led the Thunder with 24 points, eight of them coming down the stretch and was helped by Serge Ibaka with 21 and Russell Westbrook added 16.

"My teammates played so well tonight," Durant told reporters.

"Serge was good, K Martin was good, Russ (Westbrook) was good at setting everybody up so I just kind of flew under the radar for the first three quarters.

"But then I knew it was winning time so I just tried to be aggressive."

The Thunder turned the ball over 22 times in a scrappy game but where helped by the Bulls who committed 20 turnovers of their own and now sit at 3-2 following the loss.

While Kevin Martin played well, the Thunder are still adjusting to life without James Harden having traded the reigning Sixth Man of the Year to Houston right before the start of the season.   Continued...

Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook (0) and Kevin Durant (35) celebrates after a made basket against the Chicago Bulls during the first second of their NBA basketball game in Chicago, Illinois, November 8, 2012. REUTERS/Jeff Haynes