An unlikely hero emerged to spoil another big night from Russell Westbrook.
Bulls guard E'Twaun Moore hit a game-winning three-pointer in the closing seconds to lift Chicago to a 108-105 home victory over Oklahoma City on Thursday. The shot helped Chicago close on a 9-2 run in the final minute, as the Bulls came back from a 16-point deficit for their second consecutive win.
Moore's big basket came, in part, as a result of Westbrook's own aggressiveness. With 4.9 seconds remaining and Oklahoma City leading 105-104, Mike Dunleavy Jr. inbounded the ball from the left sideline to Pau Gasol at the left block. Westbrook immediately collapsed on Gasol, leaving Moore wide open at the three-point line in the left corner. Gasol quickly flipped the ball back out to the perimeter and Moore did the rest, burying the three-pointer over Westbrook's contesting close-out.
[daily_cut.NBA] The shot gave Chicago a two-point lead with 2.1 seconds remaining. Westbrook stepped out of bounds on Oklahoma City's ensuing possession, and Chicago's Nikola Mirotic tacked on a free throw to produce the final margin.
Before the Thunder's unfortunate sequence, Westbrook filled it up yet again, posting a game-high 43 points (on 14-of-32 shooting), eight rebounds and seven assists. Although his streak of consecutive triple doubles ended at four games, Westbrook did manage to top 40-plus points for the third game in a row.
Moore finished with a season-high 19 points and four rebounds. Mirotic led the Bulls with a team-high 26 points and eight rebounds. Dunleavy and Gasol each scored 21 points.
Ibaka added 25 points and nine rebounds for the Thunder.
Chicago improved to 39-23. Oklahoma City fell to 34-28.