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George, Westbrook lead Thunder past Bulls

Oklahoma City Thunder forward Jerami Grant, center left, scuffles with Chicago Bull center Robin Lopez, center right, in the second half of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Monday, Dec. 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Kyle Phillips)
Oklahoma City Thunder forward Jerami Grant, center left, scuffles with Chicago Bull center Robin Lopez, center right, in the second half of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Monday, Dec. 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Kyle Phillips)

OKLAHOMA CITY – Paul George scored
16 of his game-high 24 points in the final five minutes of the first half, and the Oklahoma City Thunder rolled to a 121-96 victory over the Bulls on Monday night.

George’s scoring outburst came in the final 4:47 of the second quarter as Oklahoma City outscored the Bulls, 23-7, and built a 64-44 lead by the break. He scored only one point in the second half.

Russell Westbrook had 13 points, 16 rebounds and 11 steals for his 111th career triple-double. Steven Adams added 19 points, and Dennis Schroder scored 18 for the Thunder.

Lauri Markkanen and Bobby Portis had 16 points apiece to lead the Bulls. Markkanen added 15 rebounds.

Westbrook secured the triple-double by threading a pass in the lane to a driving Hamidou Diallo, who finished with a reverse layup as he was knocked to the court and fouled with just over six minutes remaining.

The Thunder sped into the lead with a 21-3 run that erased a 15-10 deficit. But the Bulls quickly reeled off a 19-8 run of their own and closed the gap to two points.

From there, the Thunder took control, building a comfortable lead.