Thibodeau on Durant: "You can play great defense on him and his release is so high that it's hard to get to. He can score so many different ways."
The Bulls are 24-20 all-time in openers.
Reading a past article (March 18, 2009) between the Bulls and OKC during Rose's Rookie Season, Derrick Rose was 10-10 during the second half. Rose scored 20 of his 25 points and he didn't miss a shot in the second half.
"I knew that my team needed me to make plays. I didn't know what type of plays, but it ended up being scoring plays," said Rose, who finished two points off his career best.
"I was just feeling it tonight. I didn't want to lose, so I just started shooting the ball," Rose said.
FAST FACTS IN 2009:
The Bulls snapped their seven-game road losing streak and improved to an impressive 17-12 against Western Conference opponents as they defeated the Thunder for the fifth time in their last six meetings.