Derrick Rose scored a game-high 26 points to lead Chicago to a 104-95 win over the Thunder on Wednesday night in the preseason finale for Oklahoma City.
Rose poured in 13 points in the fourth quarter and added four rebounds and six assists while playing a preseason-high 35 minutes, including the final 7 1/2.
The Thunder finished the exhibition season with a 4-3 record, losing the final two.
OKC will open the season Wednesday at Utah.
Jeremy Lamb had his best performance this preseason, scoring 22 points, making nine of 16 shots in 38 minutes. Kevin Durant added 22 points, Reggie Jackson scored 14 with six assists, and rookie center Steven Adams finished an impressive preseason with 11 points and seven rebounds.
The Thunder trailed 51-40 at halftime after shooting 37.5 percent but battled back in the second half, outscoring Chicago 31-23 in the third quarter to pull within three going into the final period.
The Thunder took an 84-78 lead with 7:18 remaining, but with the Thunder’s main players sitting the Bulls starters, led by Rose, pounced on OKC’s younger players.
JALEN ROSE: DURANT TO HOUSTON IN 2016?
Former NBA player and current ESPN analyst Jalen Rose said this week that he thinks Kevin Durant will join the Houston Rockets when his contract ends in 2016.
“I think that after he plays out the couple years on his contract that he goes to Houston to play with Dwight Howard and James Harden,” Rose told ESPN co-worker Bill Simmons on the website Grantland.com's YouTube channel.
Rose then said he thinks Russell Westbrook will leave Oklahoma City a year later.
“I think the second part of that is when Russell Westbrook has the opportunity he's going to leave OKC and go with Kevin Love to the Los Angeles Lakers.”
A sold out crowd inside INTRUST Bank Arena in Wichita, Kan., greeted the Thunder and Bulls with a warm welcome Wednesday night.
Twenty minutes before tip-off, much of the arena was filled with fans who stood in anticipation for the second straight visit by Oklahoma City. They remained on their feet until minutes after tip-off.
“It's exciting to see how many fans we have around the country,” Durant said. “It's great we can go places and they cheer for the Thunder, so we're doing something right.”
Last year's Thunder-Mavericks game in Wichita drew a record crowd of 15,004.
“We like to come up here,” said Thunder coach Scott Brooks. “I'm probably speaking out of place here, but we'd like to come up here every (year). It's been great these last two years. It's right down the road from us. It's an opportunity for us to continue to spread our basketball team.”
DURANT ON ROSE
Durant said he isn't surprised at the success Bulls guard Derrick Rose has had this preseason, calling Rose a special breed of player.
“It's just certain players that have that ‘it' and he's one of them,” Durant said. “A guy that's not going to be denied no matter what, an injury, bad games, whatever, he's just going to always bring it. He's one of those guys. So I knew it would be like this.”
GET YOUR TICKETS
In a report by Vivid Seats, a secondary ticket marketplace, the Thunder enter the 2013-14 season with the third-highest median ticket price on the secondary market at $170.
New York ranks first at $200. The Los Angeles Lakers are the second highest at $180.
The Thunder also will host the third most expensive game of the season against Houston on Dec. 29, with a median ticket price of $345. OKC's visit to New York on Christmas Day is the fourth-most expensive game of the year at $335.
Brooks on evaluating performances in preseason basketball — “Exhibition is tricky at times. I mean, summer league, I was a monster. And then exhibition I was pretty good. And in the regular season I was back to being “Get in the game. You've got two minutes to go and we're up 15.”