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Thunder notebook: OKC looks to start new streak

BY DARNELL MAYBERRY, Staff Writer, Modified: January 4, 2010 at 4:42 am •  Published: January 4, 2010

stbrook tried to brace his fall with his arm but landed hard on his shoulder and midsection area.

"We’ll see how it feels (Sunday) morning, but I’ll be fine,” Westbrook said after the game.

Despite his early crash, Westbrook remained in the game and finished with 17 points, 13 assists and nine rebounds. It was the most recent strong performance for the second-year point guard, who enters tonight’s game at Chicago with 83 assists and just 18 turnovers over his past 10 games.

Chicago has won four straight games and is currently the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference. The Bulls (14-17) are 11-6 inside the United Center and average nearly six more rebounds (47.6) at home than on the road.

Chicago is coming off a 101-93 home win over Orlando. The 2008 No. 1 overall pick, Derrick Rose, scored 30 points with seven assists and six rebounds.

"He’s a great player,” Westbrook said of Rose. "In my eyes, he’s probably one of the East All-Star point guards.”