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NBA: Durant leads Thunder to win over Bulls


Chicago Bulls shooting guard Richard Hamilton, right, shoots as teammate Joakim Noah, center, holds back Oklahoma City Thunder power forward Nick Collison in the second half of their NBA game in Chicago on Thursday.

Photo: Reuters

Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant put in a strong fourth-quarter performance to guide the Thunder to a 97-91 victory at the Chicago Bulls on Thursday.

Durant scored 10 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter, sealing the win with an off-balance jumper off one foot with 35.1 seconds to play.

Serge Ibaka scored 15 of his 21 points in the first half and had a team-high nine rebounds for the Thunder, who beat the Bulls for the third time in their last four games at Chicago.

Luol Deng led the Bulls with 27 points, while Richard Hamilton had 20 points and eight rebounds.

The Los Angeles Clippers also had an impressive road win, beating the Portland Trail Blazers 103-90, with Jamal Crawford scoring 25 points.

De’Andre Jordan and Chris Paul had 21 points apiece for the Clippers, who led by 25 in the first half before the hosts mounted a second-half challenge.

Nicolas Batum had 23 points and nine rebounds for the Blazers, including a three-pointer which cut the deficit to six points late in the third quarter.

Clippers star Blake Griffin had 10 rebounds and seven points.

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