After their performance Tuesday night, improving on the defensive end shouldn’t be that hard for the Bulls. Through the first quarter of their game Thursday night against the Thunder, the Bulls definitely made an improvement, even if it was a small one.
The Bulls allowed the Charlotte Hornets to score at least 30 points in each quarter of Tuesday night’s game. That streak was broken after the first quarter Thursday, the Thunder only scored a meager 28 points.
After the first quarter the Thunder held a 28-25 lead, much better than the 17 point deficit the Bulls faced in their last game. Things got even better in the second quarter when the Bulls defense buckled down even more.
In the second quarter, the Thunder scored only 22 points. After shooting over 52 percent from the field in the first quarter, their halftime shooting fell to less than 47 percent.
The Bulls went to halftime with a 57-50 lead. Almost all of the Thunder’s scoring came from Kevin Durant, Serge Ibaka and Russell Westbrook.