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Home Sweet Home: Thunder play host to struggling Bulls

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Thunder are off to their best home start in the Oklahoma City era and hope to extend the impressive run Thursday versus the Chicago Bulls at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

The Thunder have won the first 12 games as the host and they're the only unbeaten team at home this season. They have won seven in a row overall, averaging 110.3 points per game in that span, and 15 of the last 16 games, including Tuesday's 105-93 triumph at Denver.

Russell Westbrook almost posted a triple-double with 21 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists, while Kevin Durant, the NBA's leading scorer with 28.6 ppg, finished with a game-best 30 points. Durant has scored at least 28 points in six of OKC's seven straight wins.

Serge Ibaka chipped in 17 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the Thunder, who shot 48.9 percent and used a 14-2 run to grab an 18-point advantage. The Thunder equaled the second best start to a season in franchise history, while the Seattle SuperSonics kicked off the 1993-94 campaign 21-3.

"I thought our offense was really good," said Thunder head coach Scott Brooks. "We were really patient. We executed in the halfcourt. Russell did a phenomenal job leading the group to start the game and finish the game."

The Thunder, who are fourth in the NBA with 105.6 ppg and have the best winning percentage in the league (.833), last started a season 13-0 at home back in 1976-77.

Meanwhile, the Bulls will close out their quick road trip and are coming off Wednesday's 109-94 loss to Dwight Howard and the Houston Rockets. Howard had 23 points, while James Harden and Chandler Parsons both added 19 in the win.

Chicago was led by Jimmy Butler's 20 points and Luol Deng netted 18. Carlos Boozer and Taj Gibson scored 17 and 14 points, respectively, for the Bulls, losers in three straight and 12 of the last 15 games.

"When you lose, it's not fun, but we have to keep battling," said Bulls center Joakim Noah, who had six points and a game-high 10 rebounds.

The Bulls fell to just 3-10 away from home and are averaging 91.3 points per game. However, the Bulls are one of the top defensive units in the NBA, allowing just 93.1 ppg.

Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich has missed the last three games with a back issue and is questionable for Thursday. He took over the point guard spot when Derrick Rose underwent another knee procedure.

Chicago lost both meetings with Oklahoma City last season and six of the past nine matchups between the teams.

The Bulls have lost three in a row in the OKC.

12/19 11:18:51 ET

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2013 - 2014 Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Toronto 48 34 .585 --- 26-15 22-19 32-20 L 1
x-Brooklyn 44 38 .537 4 28-13 16-25 26-26 L 2
New York 37 45 .451 11 19-22 18-23 26-26 W 4
Boston 25 57 .305 23 16-25 9-32 21-31 L 2
Philadelphia 19 63 .232 29 10-31 9-32 14-38 W 2
 
Central W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Indiana 56 26 .683 --- 35-6 21-20 38-14 W 2
x-Chicago 48 34 .585 8 27-14 21-20 35-17 L 1
Cleveland 33 49 .402 23 19-22 14-27 21-31 W 1
Detroit 29 53 .354 27 17-24 12-29 23-29 L 4
Milwaukee 15 67 .183 41 10-31 5-36 12-40 L 3
 
Southeast W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Miami 54 28 .659 --- 32-9 22-19 34-18 L 3
x-Washington 44 38 .537 10 22-19 22-19 33-19 W 4
x-Charlotte 43 39 .524 11 25-16 18-23 30-22 W 3
x-Atlanta 38 44 .463 16 24-17 14-27 28-24 W 1
Orlando 23 59 .280 31 19-22 4-37 17-35 L 4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
2013 - 2014 Western Conference Standings
 
Northwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Oklahoma City 59 23 .720 --- 34-7 25-16 36-16 W 1
x-Portland 54 28 .659 5 31-10 23-18 31-21 W 5
Minnesota 40 42 .488 19 24-17 16-25 23-29 L 3
Denver 36 46 .439 23 22-19 14-27 20-32 L 2
Utah 25 57 .305 34 16-25 9-32 13-39 W 1
 
Pacific W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-LA Clippers 57 25 .695 --- 34-7 23-18 36-16 L 1
x-Golden State 51 31 .622 6 27-14 24-17 31-21 W 2
Phoenix 48 34 .585 9 26-15 22-19 28-24 W 1
Sacramento 28 54 .341 29 17-24 11-30 15-37 L 1
LA Lakers 27 55 .329 30 14-27 13-28 15-37 W 2
 
Southwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-San Antonio 62 20 .756 --- 32-9 30-11 38-14 L 2
x-Houston 54 28 .659 8 33-8 21-20 31-21 L 1
x-Memphis 50 32 .610 12 27-14 23-18 29-23 W 5
x-Dallas 49 33 .598 13 26-15 23-18 29-23 L 1
New Orleans 34 48 .415 28 22-19 12-29 15-37 W 2
 
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Scoreboard
Local
Final
NOR 6
DUR 3
 
Final
MIA 99
CHA 88
Final
CLE 6
TOR 4
Final
DET 2
ANA 1
Final
NYM 4
ATL 3
Final
MIA 3
SEA 2
Final
PIT 2
MIL 3
Final
WAS 3
STL 2
Final
TAM 1
NYY 5
 
Final
KAN 3
MIN 8
9th
CHC 2
CIN 8
 
9th
TEX 2
CWS 12
 
7th
OAK 2
HOU 1
 
7th
LOS 4
ARI 0
 
5th
COL 6
PHI 3
 
7th
SDP 2
SFG 4
 
7:05pm Tonight
BOS
BAL
Final
SAN 90
DAL 85
Final
MIA 99
CHA 88
7:00pm Tonight
CHI
WAS
9:30pm Tonight
HOU
POR
Final
NYR 2
PHI 4
Final
BOS 4
DET 1
 
7:00pm Tonight
MON
TAM
10:00pm Tonight
SJS
LOS
Final
NOR 6
DUR 3