Oklahoma City runs home winning streak to 13 games

Oklahoma City 107, Chicago Bulls 95

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OKLAHOMA CITY — Kevin Durant scored 32 points and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Chicago Bulls 107-95 on Thursday night for their eighth consecutive win.

Chicago's Joakim Noah drives past Oklahoma City's Nick Collison in Thursday's game. Noah scored 23 points and had 12 rebounds in the 12-point loss to the Thunder.  SUE OGROCKI/ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Chicago's Joakim Noah drives past Oklahoma City's Nick Collison in Thursday's game. Noah scored 23 points and had 12 rebounds in the 12-point loss to the Thunder.

Russell Westbrook had 20 points and reserve Reggie Jackson added 18 to help the Thunder improve to 13-0 at Chesapeake Arena. Oklahoma City is the only NBA team with a perfect home record.

The Thunder outscored the Bulls 16-4 over a late 5½-minute stretch to pull away.

Joakim Noah had 23 points and 12 rebounds for the banged-up Bulls, who have lost four in a row and seven of eight.

Chicago point guard Kirk Hinrich and forward Luol Deng did not play.

Hinrich missed his fourth consecutive game because of tightness in his back. D.J. Augustin, who made his first start in Hinrich’s place in Wednesday’s loss at Houston, had 15 points and five assists on Thursday. Deng is out with a sore Achilles.

SPURS: San Antonio was without Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker in Thursday night’s against Golden State.

The Spurs said Duncan and Ginobili would be given the night off to rest. Parker sat out a second consecutive game with a bruised right shin.

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich doesn’t understand why there’s an uproar anytime he rests his starters for a regular-season game. He doesn’t really care, either.

“It’s logical. It makes sense,” Popovich said.

Last year, the Spurs drew a $250,000 fine from the NBA for sending Duncan, Parker, Ginobili and Danny Green back to San Antonio before a game at the Miami Heat. The NBA said the Spurs did not give the league or Miami prior notice of the players’ absences.

BUCKS: Carlos Delfino has undergone a second surgery on his injured right foot and he isn’t sure whether he will join Milwaukee on the court this season.

“It’s time to wait now,” Delfino said Thursday.

After the injury last May while with Houston, Delfino signed a three-year, $9.75 million deal with the Bucks in July and expected to be ready to go when training camp opened in October. Instead, he was forced to have a second surgery and is expected to be off the foot for at least eight weeks.

“We tried something different,” Delfino said. “A high-level shock therapy but we didn’t have results so we – me and the organization – decided to have another surgery and take those screws and plate out.”

As for his recovery, Delfino said he has heard three months, six months and more.

“But it depends on the situation and how the body reacts. I’m not going to rush again,” he said.

Delfino’s injury is one of many that have in part led the Bucks to a 5-20 mark, worst in the Eastern Conference.

In all, the Bucks have had nine players miss a total of 88 games due to injury, leading coach Larry Drew to use 13 different lineups.

Milwaukee got mixed news on the injury front Thursday. Forward Caron Butler, out since Nov. 29 with a knee sprain, is listed as probable for Friday, when the Bucks play at Cleveland.

However, forward Ersan Ilyasova is out indefinitely with a lingering ankle injury.

“He can’t push off, he can’t move laterally, he can’t explode,” Drew said. “He is a shell of himself because of that ankle.”

Gary Neal is also out indefinitely and now wearing a boot as he battles a case of plantar fasciitis in his left foot. Neal was in uniform Wednesday when Milwaukee lost to New York in double-overtime but did not play. He will not travel to Cleveland, nor will Zaza Paculia, who suffered a fractured right foot Dec. 4.

“You have to try and manage and weather the storm,” Butler said. “We need to get the right groups out there and remain positive. Adversity builds character.”


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