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An unlikely hero emerged to spoil another big night from Russell Westbrook.

By Ben Golliver
March 05, 2015

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.

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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. 

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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.

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