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Royce Young @royceyoung

This is where Westbrook has to find the balance between doing it himself and trusting teammates.

Bulls making run on Thunder
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When Russell Westbrook (40 points, 5 rebounds, 7 assists) checked in for the Thunder, OKC held an 8-point lead. With under 3 minutes remaining, the Bulls now trail by just 1 . Follow live

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Noah reaches 5,000 rebounds
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Joakim Noah became the sixth player in Bulls history to reach the 5,000-rebound milestone with his 11 boards so far tonight. He's now just 836 behind Michael Jordan for the all-time team lead. Follow live

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Nick Friedell @NickFriedell

E'Twaun Moore is having a hell of a game tonight. He's got 14 points in 16 minutes. Problem is, Westbrook has 38 points in 32 minutes.

Thunder holding steady in fourth
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Russell Westbrook grabbed a few minutes of rest to start the fourth quarter, but he's at the scorer's table and ready to check back in with 8:23 left in regulation. With Westbrook on the bench, OKC actually managed to increase its lead, if only by 1. Follow live

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Nick Friedell @NickFriedell

D.J. Augustin has 7 points in about 3 minutes. If any team knows how hot Augustin can get -- it should be the Bulls.

ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo

Russell Westbrook needs 14 points to reach 50 for the 1st time in his career. He's scored that many in a 4th quarter twice this season.

Jonathan Coachman @TheCoachESPN

There has NEVER been a player that plays with venom in his game like Westbrook. He is playing at a scary level. So much fun to watch.

Westbrook needs 5 for 5
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Russell Westbrook and Serge Ibaka have combined to score 59 of the Thunder's 79 points through three quarters. The Bulls trail 79-72 as Westbrook needs 5 more rebounds and 3 assists to complete a 5th straight triple-double. Follow live

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Westbrook putting up points
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A triple-double may not be in the works for Russell Westbrook, but he does have 33 points (to go along with 4 rebounds and 7 assists) late in the 3rd quarter, as the Thunder are up 4. Follow live

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Kerr: Not our job to promote Curry for MVP
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Warriors coach Steve Kerr said if Houston GM Daryl Morey wants to go all out selling James Harden's case for MVP, that's fine. Ethan Sherwood Strauss thinks it was a cheeky shot at Morey as the Warriors claim to be focused on bigger things.

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Nick Friedell @NickFriedell

Dunleavy has 8 points in the 3rd quarter. He's come out firing after missing that dunk at the end of the first half.

Thunder rumbling in Chicago
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Serge Ibaka and Russell Westbrook combined for 32 first-half points as the Thunder are edging out the Bulls 50-48 with one half left to play Follow live

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Nick Friedell @NickFriedell

Bulls playing with effort tonight -- on both ends of the floor -- this team always plays better when its back is against the wall.

Ibaka's block party starts early
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Serge Ibaka has blocked at least 2 shots in 14 of his last 15 games. He already has 3 rejections almost halfway through the second quarter, and the Thunder lead the Bulls 39-29. Follow live

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