Thunder pull out 109-98 OT win over Bulls

CHICAGO (AP)—Kevin Durant scored 28 points, Nick Collison added a season-high 21, and the Oklahoma City Thunder rallied to beat the Chicago Bulls 109-98 in overtime on Saturday night.

Trailing by seven midway through the fourth quarter, Oklahoma City had a chance to win it at the end of regulation. But with the score tied at 94, Durant a missed jumper from the top of the key, and Russell Westbrook missed a tip-in try.

The NBA’s worst team then took control, outscoring the Bulls 15-4 in overtime.

Collison’s three-point play broke a 96-96 tie with 3:19 left in regulation. Earl Watson’s steal and layup, and Jeff Green’s basket made it a seven-point game, sending the Thunder to just their second road win and sixth victory overall of the season.

It was a rough night for the Bulls, who split four games during a soft patch in their schedule.

After losing to Minnesota last week, they squeezed by Sacramento and had to hang on for a 98-86 win over Washington on Friday night. They let the Eastern Conference’s worst team trim a 21-point deficit to seven in the fourth quarter.

This time, they were leading by seven—88-81—midway through the fourth after baskets by Andres Nocioni, Drew Gooden and Larry Hughes, but Oklahoma City stuck around.

Green hit a pair of free throws with 2:22 left in regulation and added two more with just under 2 minutes remaining to give the Thunder a 93-92 lead. And after Ben Gordon buried a jumper, Collison hit one of two from the line to tie it at 94 with 1:20 left.

From there, both teams missed chances to grab the lead.

Derrick Rose drove and spun in the line, only to have his shot altered by Collison with 22 seconds left, and the reprieve the Bulls got after those misses by Durant and Westbrook was nothing more than momentary.

Chicago got 22 points from Gordon, and 20 from Drew Gooden, who also had 12 rebounds. That gave him three straight double-doubles after missing eight games with a sprained ankle.

Rose and Larry Hughes added 16 points apiece, but the Bulls got outrebounded 59-37.

Along with his 28 points, Durant had 12 rebounds. So did Westbrook and Green, while Collison pulled down nine.

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