Morning Box Score: Bulls Quiet Thunder In UC Thriller
By Chuck Sudo in News on Mar 6, 2015 3:35PM
Bulls 108, Oklahoma City 105
Tom Thibodeau is not known for digging deep into the Bulls bench, not when he can log major playing time with his starters. Injuries all season long, including the ones that have Derrick Rose, Jimmy Butler and Taj Gibson currently sidelined have forced him to find sparks where he can.
It was E'Twaun Moore's turn in the spotlight at the United Center Thursday and Moore was ready. Moore scored 19 points, including the game-winning three point shot off a sweet outlet pass from Pau Gasol, to cap a thrilling come-from-behind victory. Nikola Mirotic led Chicago with 26 points, Pau Gasol scored 21 points and grabbed 12 rebounds and Mike Dunleavy added 21 points for the Bulls.
It looked as though Chicago would lose another game at home after Oklahoma City stormed to a 30-18 first quarter lead. The Thunder led by as many as 16 points and guard Russell Westbrook (43 points) continued his torrid scoring pace from the night before and Oklahoma City led by nine points midway through the fourth quarter before the Bulls mounted their comeback behind Mirotic and Moore.
Serge Ibaka scored 25 points and grabbed nine rebounds for the Thunder. Westbrook added seven assists.