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Thunder stomp Bulls, 1 game back for best record

By Jeff Latzke

Associated Press

Published: Sunday, April 1 2012 2:00 p.m. MDT

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) and forward Kevin Durant (35) exchange high-fives following a basket by Westbrook in the second quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Chicago Bulls in Oklahoma City, Sunday, April 1, 2012.

Sue Ogrocki, Associated Press

OKLAHOMA CITY — Russell Westbrook scored 27 points, Kevin Durant added 26 points and 10 rebounds and the Oklahoma City Thunder used a dominating third quarter to beat Chicago 92-78 on Sunday and move within a game of the Bulls in the race for the NBA's best record.

The Thunder (40-12) pulled away by outscoring Chicago 31-12 in the third quarter, allowing the Bulls to make only five of their 21 shots.

Oklahoma City clinched a playoff berth in the process, with the help of tiebreakers over the teams fighting for the Western Conference's final spot in the postseason.

The Bulls (42-12) played without All-Star point guard Derrick Rose for the 10th straight game, falling to 14-6 this season without the reigning MVP and 7-3 during his current absence with a groin injury.

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