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Markkanen's layup lifts Bulls over Thunder 114-112

CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Bulls endured injuries to key players and a coaching change this week. Maybe now, the tide is turning for them.

Lauri Markkanen scored 24 points and drove for the go-ahead layup in the closing seconds to lead the Bulls to a 114-112 victory over Oklahoma City on Friday and their first win under coach Jim Boylen.

The Thunder's Russell Westbrook had just hit a tying layup when Markkanen spun around Paul George and banked in a layup over the outstretch arm of Steven Adams, making it 114-112 with 4.9 seconds left.

George's 3-point attempt from the top of the key then ricocheted off the rim, and the Bulls came out on top after dropping seven in a row.

''We've had a couple of rough weeks here,'' Markkanen said. ''Adversity hit us. I think that made us stronger. (We) have to put the team first and just keep going.''

The last-second victory over one of the top teams in the Western Conference was a rare feel-good moment for Chicago in a season marked by injuries, losses and a coaching change.

''We have to learn how to win,'' Boylen said. ''We have to learn how to take the pressure of an NBA fourth quarter. I thought we did that.''

A longtime NBA assistant, Boylen took over Monday when Fred Hoiberg got fired following a 5-19 start. The Bulls lost at Indiana the following night in his debut. But with Markkanen back and Kris Dunn and Bobby Portis just about ready to return from their injuries, things are looking at least a little more promising.

''You can't give in,'' said Zach LaVine, who led Chicago with 25 points.

Markkanen hit four 3-pointers in his third game back after missing the first 23 because of a sprained left elbow.

Justin Holiday scored 20, going 4 of 6 from beyond the arc, and Jabari Parker finished with 16 points.

The Thunder had won 16 of 19 following an 0-4 start and came in with a 13-0 record against teams below .500.

''A slip up is all it is tonight,'' George said. ''We dropped one. But we're going to keep it rolling.''

They couldn't pull this one out despite getting 24 points, 17 rebounds and 13 assists from Westbrook. The triple-double was his 109th, though he also committed 10 turnovers.

Adams finished with 21 points and 10 rebounds, and George and Dennis Schroder each scored 19.

TIGHT STRETCH

The Thunder outscored Chicago 29-17 in the third quarter to turn a 70-62 halftime deficit into a 91-87 lead going into the fourth.

They were up 98-91 when Chicago went on a 14-2 run. LaVine hitting a tiebreaking 3, Wendell Carter Jr. had a big block against a driving Westbrook, and Markkanen added two free throws to make it a five-point game with 4:46 remaining.

''We held them to 44 in the second half and gave up 70 in the first,'' coach Billy Donovan said. ''When you live dangerously like that, sometimes you're not going to be on the winning end.''

TIP-INS

Thunder: Donovan said ''nothing was brought to my attention'' about possibly adding C Joakim Noah, trying to revive his career after signing with Memphis this week. ''Our roster's pretty complete so that's probably the biggest thing,'' he said. ''No one's a bigger fan and admires him more than I do.'' Noah starred for Donovan on back-to-back NCAA championship teams at Florida and spent his first nine NBA seasons in Chicago before spending two with the New York Knicks. ... The Thunder were 10 of 28 on 3-pointers and 16 for 24 at the foul line.

Bulls: Boylen wasn't sure if Dunn (sprained left MCL) and Portis (sprained right MCL) will return Saturday when the Bulls host Boston. ''I'm not trying to be vague; I don't know yet. We kind of wait to see how they respond in the morning, it's one of those types of things. We check in and we go from there.'' Dunn has appeared in just one game - Oct. 22 at Dallas - while Portis has played in four. ... Chicago hit 12 of 25 3-pointers.

UP NEXT

Thunder: Host Utah on Monday.

Bulls: Host Boston on Saturday.

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Key Players
R. Westbrook
0 PG
Z. LaVine
8 PG
35.8 Min. Per Game 35.8
24.5 Pts. Per Game 24.5
4.9 Ast. Per Game 4.9
5.2 Reb. Per Game 5.2
46.0 Field Goal % 44.1
45.9 Three Point % 43.7
62.8 Free Throw % 87.0
  Defensive rebound by Lauri Markkanen 0:00
  Paul George missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:03
+ 2 Lauri Markkanen made driving layup 0:04
+ 2 Russell Westbrook made driving layup, assist by Paul George 0:19
+ 3 Justin Holiday made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Lauri Markkanen 0:23
+ 2 Dennis Schroder made driving layup, assist by Paul George 0:34
  Bad pass turnover on Zach LaVine, stolen by Paul George 0:37
  Offensive foul on Jerami Grant 0:51
  Offensive rebound by Jerami Grant 0:57
  Russell Westbrook missed jump shot 0:59
  Defensive rebound by Paul George 1:08
Team Stats
Points 112 114
Field Goals 43-94 (45.7%) 43-82 (52.4%)
3-Pointers 10-28 (35.7%) 12-25 (48.0%)
Free Throws 16-24 (66.7%) 16-23 (69.6%)
Total Rebounds 60 45
Offensive 14 5
Defensive 37 34
Team 9 6
Assists 25 25
Steals 12 15
Blocks 6 6
Turnovers 22 20
Fouls 22 26
Technicals 0 1
24 PTS, 17 REB, 13 AST
24 PTS, 7 REB, 2 AST
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away team logo Thunder 16-8 28342921112
home team logo Bulls 6-20 34361727114
Team Stats
away team logo Thunder 16-8 111.7 PPG 48.5 RPG 22.9 APG
home team logo Bulls 6-20 101.8 PPG 41.6 RPG 22.0 APG
Key Players
R. Westbrook PG 22.0 PPG 10.3 RPG 10.0 APG 44.9 FG%
Z. LaVine PG 23.8 PPG 4.9 RPG 4.8 APG 44.7 FG%
Top Scorers
R. Westbrook PG 24 PTS 17 REB 13 AST
Z. LaVine PG 25 PTS 4 REB 7 AST
45.7 FG% 52.4
35.7 3PT FG% 48.0
66.7 FT% 69.6
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
R. Westbrook 35 24 17 13 4 0 10 5 9/21 2/6 4/7 2 15 61 +10
S. Adams 31 21 10 0 2 1 4 4 9/17 0/0 3/7 9 1 30 +7
P. George 36 19 5 7 4 0 3 1 6/16 2/9 5/6 0 5 39 +2
J. Grant 34 13 3 0 0 2 1 1 5/9 3/4 0/0 1 2 17 +4
T. Ferguson 25 7 2 0 0 0 0 1 3/5 1/1 0/0 0 2 9 +12
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
R. Westbrook 35 24 17 13 4 0 10 5 9/21 2/6 4/7 2 15 61 +10
S. Adams 31 21 10 0 2 1 4 4 9/17 0/0 3/7 9 1 30 +7
P. George 36 19 5 7 4 0 3 1 6/16 2/9 5/6 0 5 39 +2
J. Grant 34 13 3 0 0 2 1 1 5/9 3/4 0/0 1 2 17 +4
T. Ferguson 25 7 2 0 0 0 0 1 3/5 1/1 0/0 0 2 9 +12
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Schroder 26 19 5 3 0 0 1 2 7/14 1/3 4/4 0 5 29 -10
H. Diallo 9 4 2 1 0 0 1 4 2/3 0/0 0/0 2 0 7 -1
A. Abrines 14 3 3 1 0 0 1 3 1/4 1/4 0/0 0 3 7 -15
N. Noel 15 2 2 0 2 3 1 1 1/4 0/0 0/0 0 2 8 -11
P. Patterson 11 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 2 2 -8
A. Nader - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Roberson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Burton - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Davis - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Luwawu-Cabarrot - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Felton - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 236 112 51 25 12 6 22 22 43/94 10/28 16/24 14 37 209 -10
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
Z. LaVine 36 25 4 7 2 0 9 3 10/18 2/5 3/4 0 4 36 +10
L. Markkanen 28 24 7 2 3 1 2 5 8/12 4/8 4/5 1 6 37 +8
J. Holiday 36 20 6 0 3 0 1 3 8/12 4/6 0/0 0 6 28 -4
W. Carter Jr. 20 6 2 2 1 2 2 3 2/5 0/0 2/3 1 1 13 +5
R. Arcidiacono 33 3 5 2 2 0 1 2 1/3 1/3 0/0 0 5 13 -8
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
Z. LaVine 36 25 4 7 2 0 9 3 10/18 2/5 3/4 0 4 36 +10
L. Markkanen 28 24 7 2 3 1 2 5 8/12 4/8 4/5 1 6 37 +8
J. Holiday 36 20 6 0 3 0 1 3 8/12 4/6 0/0 0 6 28 -4
W. Carter Jr. 20 6 2 2 1 2 2 3 2/5 0/0 2/3 1 1 13 +5
R. Arcidiacono 33 3 5 2 2 0 1 2 1/3 1/3 0/0 0 5 13 -8
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Parker 23 16 7 4 1 0 1 3 6/14 0/1 4/5 1 6 31 -5
R. Lopez 23 11 5 2 0 0 2 3 5/10 0/1 1/2 1 4 18 -4
C. Payne 11 5 1 5 1 1 2 1 1/3 1/1 2/2 0 1 16 -8
S. Harrison 14 2 0 0 1 2 0 3 1/3 0/0 0/0 0 0 5 +10
C. Hutchison 11 2 2 1 1 0 0 0 1/2 0/0 0/2 1 1 7 +6
D. Valentine - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Dunn - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Portis - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Ulis - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Felicio - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Blakeney - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Alkins - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 114 39 25 15 6 20 26 43/82 12/25 16/23 5 34 204 +10