OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma City Thunder hasn't exactly picked up the pace in the second half of the season, losing three straight around the All-Star break before finally knocking off the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday night at Chesapeake Energy Arena to get back on the winning track.
The win at home over Minnesota was the first of three straight within the friendly confines of Chesapeake Energy Arena, the longest home streak left in the season.
After entertaining New Orleans on Wednesday night, the Thunder plays five of its next seven on the road. The San Antonio Spurs now have a three-game lead over OKC, and the Miami Heat, a half-game lead, which makes these home games even more important.
Sunday night against the low-scoring Chicago Bulls was a chance to play some defense, and the Thunder did just that, allowing only 36 points in the first half (21 percent shooting) and eventually winning 102-72. The Bulls hit an NBA season-low 29.1 percent of their shots in the game.