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Nick Friedell @NickFriedell

Dunleavy has 8 points in the 3rd quarter. He's come out firing after missing that dunk at the end of the first half.

Thunder rumbling in Chicago
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Serge Ibaka and Russell Westbrook combined for 32 first-half points as the Thunder are edging out the Bulls 50-48 with one half left to play Follow live

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Nick Friedell @NickFriedell

Bulls playing with effort tonight -- on both ends of the floor -- this team always plays better when its back is against the wall.

Ibaka's block party starts early
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Serge Ibaka has blocked at least 2 shots in 14 of his last 15 games. He already has 3 rejections almost halfway through the second quarter, and the Thunder lead the Bulls 39-29. Follow live

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The Bulls have given up a triple-double to a guard just once in the last 8 seasons. Rajon Rondo had 32 pts, 15 ast, 10 reb in Feb. 2012.

One down, two to go for Westbrook
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Russell Westbrook had 10 points in the first quarter, taking care of one-third of a triple-double. He also has 4 assists, but just 1 rebound, as the Thunder lead 30-18. Follow live

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Pau not enough for Chicago
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Pau Gasol has 8 points on 4-of-7 shooting, but the Bulls still trail the Thunder by 7, 23-16, with under 3 minutes to play in the first quarter. Follow live

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Nick Friedell @NickFriedell

McDermott checks into the game, instantly ends up on Westbrook, and gets called for a foul. Tough way to start.

Can Westbrook do it again?
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No rebounds yet for Russell Westbrook, but he does have 5 points and 3 assists as the Thunder have a 4-point lead on the Bulls midway through the first quarter. Follow live

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Popovich welcomes back Sager
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"Now, the probing, incisive, profound questions will roll, I'm sure."

Gregg Popovich couldn't resist poking a little fun as he welcomed Craig Sager back to the NBA. Follow Thunder/Bulls live

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Westbrook aims for historic streak
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Russell Westbrook looks to become just the fourth player in NBA history to record five straight triple-doubles. The other three? Oscar Robertson (three times), Wilt Chamberlain (twice) and Michael Jordan (once), according to Elias. Follow Thunder/Bulls live

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Dave McMenamin @mcten

Not to be all sappy, but seeing the outpouring of support for Craig Sager makes me proud to cover the NBA. It's a big family in a way.

Fashion icons reunited in Chicago
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Russell Westbrook welcomed Craig Sager back to work before the Thunder take on the Bulls. But this meeting of the minds begs the question: Who was giving fashion tips to whom?

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Bargaining chip or lockout precursor?
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The future of the NBA's "one-and-done" rule is a tricky thing to predict because Amin Elhassan isn't sure if it's a negotiating tactic for the Players Association.

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