Westbrook leads OKC to win with Durant sidelined by injury…
The Chicago Bulls bounced back on Saturday night as they secured a win over the Phoenix Suns at the United Center, a night after their disappointing loss to the Detroit Pistons.
Pau Gasol had 22 points and 14 rebounds in the win for their fifth victory in six games, and forward Taj Gibson insists that this team has what it takes to win a title this season.
“The time is now,” Gibson told reporters, according to ESPN. “We’ve got no excuses. We have to make our adjustments now. Hopefully, tonight was one of those sparks.”
Jimmy Butler (19 points), Derrick Rose (16), Mike Dunleavy (15) all played vital roles while Gibson and Aaron Brooks each added 12 points apiece off the bench against a revamped Suns team.
The win moves the Bulls to 35-21 for the season and they will be hoping to now kick on and push towards the top of the Eastern Conference down the final stretch of the regular season.
Elsewhere, the Oklahoma City Thunder overcame the absence of Kevin Durant to secure a win over the Charlotte Hornets. Durant was sidelined with a sore foot, but Russell Westbrook stepped up with 33 points and 10 assists while both Enes Kanter and Serge Ibaka both put up double-doubles.
The Houston Rockets were also winners on Saturday with a comfortable win over the Toronto Raptors behind 26 points and 10 rebounds from Cory Brewer, while George Karl suffered his first defeat as Sacramento Kings coach with a loss on the road to the Los Angeles Clippers.
Austin Rivers scored a career-high 28 points while JJ Redick added 24 points to guide the Clippers to a blow-out win.
Oklahoma City Thunder 110-103 Charlotte Hornets
New Orleans Pelicans 105-91 Miami Heat
Phoenix Suns 107-112 Chicago Bulls
Toronto Raptors 76-98 Houston Rockets
Sacramento Kings 99-126 Los Angeles Clippers