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Bulls beat Thunder in preseason

Published on NewsOK Modified: October 24, 2013 at 12:34 am •  Published: October 24, 2013
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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Derrick Rose shook off poor shooting early to hit clutch shots late and Carlos Boozer had 20 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Chicago Bulls to a 104-95 preseason victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday night.

Chicago (7-0) remained the only unbeaten team in the preseason behind Rose, who hit three 3-pointers in the final 4 minutes. He scored 26 points on 6-of-15 shooting in 34 minutes.

Luol Deng had 20 points and 10 rebounds for Chicago.

Kevin Durant's 22 points in 32 minutes and Jeremy Lamb added 19 points for the Thunder (3-3) while Reggie Jackson had 14 points.

The Bulls outrebounded the Thunder 46-32 in the game played at Intrust Bank Arena.

Rose followed two free throws with a pull-up 3-pointer to put the Bulls ahead for good, 89-85.

The victory didn't have coach Tom Thibodeau smiling.

"You never want to feel good in this league," he said "When you start feeling good, well, you know what happens."

But even Thibodeau had to admit that the work of Rose and Deng to close out a game felt familiar.

"They have a great chemistry, know how to read things," he said. "Derrick showed great patience. His shot wasn't falling early, but he was able to make things happen down the stretch."

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