Talk about a tone-setter. Somewhere in the Oklahoma City Thunder's film room should be a special spot for Game 1 of the 2010-11 NBA season, a place so prominent it sits on display like a trophy piece. Because what transpired in the final 12 minutes of the team's 106-95 season-opening victory over Chicago could very well serve as the definitive blueprint for this club's success this year. And it started with one simple edict. Just before the start of the fourth quarter, Scott Brooks huddled his team around and commanded it to do something it couldn't do all night. The Thunder coach ordered three straight defensive stops. Mind you, the Bulls spent the first three quarters shooting 50 percent while bullying the Thunder on the offensive glass and watching their star point guard deliver a superb performance that the Thunder couldn't seem to counter if the game stretched eight more quarters. But when the horn sounded for the start of the final period, the Thunder's defense came alive. One by one, Thunder players pitched in. Serge Ibaka provided a pivotal block on a Derrick Rose layup attempt that sent a message to the Bulls point guard that the lane would finally be shut off. Minutes later, Thabo Sefolosha did the same, stuffing Rose's one-man fastbreak and preserving a precious two-point lead. Then, as Brooks said, the effort became contagious. Sefolosha swatted another layup, this time by Bulls forward Luol Deng. The ball bounced off Deng's behind and landed out of bounds to give possession to the Thunder. Kevin Durant drilled a 17-footer at the other end to extend the lead to four. Ibaka later rejected Rose again, leading to a three-on-one fastbreak dunk by Russell Westbrook off a pretty assist from Sefolosha. Westbrook was fouled on the play and converted the freebie to push the lead to seven. The Bulls misfired on their next two possessions, and Durant gave the Thunder a nine-point cushion with a fastbreak dunk with 1:58 to play. Brooks had gotten his wish. The Thunder ended the game on a 16-6 run. Oklahoma City held Chicago to 6-for-24 shooting in the final period and limited Rose to 2-for-10 shooting in the fourth quarter. â€œI thought in the fourth quarter, that was probably our best defense in the last month,â€ Brooks said. â€œThat's how we win.â€ When you take into account how this team is being built to have a defensive mentality, players received some much-needed confirmation of how wins can pile up with efforts like the one turned in Wednesday. The Thunder struggled for much of the night to get into a rhythm offensively. But the Thunder turned the tide by seeing its defense eventually lead to offense and energize an increasingly grumbling sellout crowd of 18,203 before capping the win. â€œIt felt like we were everywhere,â€ said Westbrook, who finished with 28 points, 10 rebounds and six assists.