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Aldridge vs. the Mavs

Six Mavs have scored, none with more than 4 points, while the Blazers are leaning heavily on LaMarcus Aldridge (11 points, 4 rebounds) in a 17-17 tie late in the first quarter. Follow live

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Aldridge off to hot start
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LaMarcus Aldridge is 3-for-4, including a 3-pointer, early in the first quarter in Portland, and the Blazers lead the Mavericks by 1 after a 7-0 run. Follow live

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Dunleavy's dunk fail
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It ended up not mattering in the Bulls' three-point win, but Mike Dunleavy Jr. came up WAY short on this breakaway dunk attempt late in the first half vs. the Thunder.

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Bulls 108, Thunder 105
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The Bulls stormed back from a 16-point deficit to beat the Thunder 108-105 thanks to an E'Twaun Moore go-ahead 3-pointer. Russell Westbrook scored 43 points but missed his fifth straight triple-double with 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Box score

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Jalen Rose @JalenRose

Thibs=Backup PG " whisperer "....Nate, Watson, Lucas, DJ, Brooks, Hinrich and Moore.

Fighting for home-court advantage

Only 1 games separate the 3rd-place Blazers from the 6th-place Mavs. If the playoffs started today, Portland-Dallas would be a 1st round matchup. But who will have home court? Follow Mavs/Blazers live

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Nick Friedell @NickFriedell

Westbrook steps out of bounds. Bulls ball. Loudest I've heard UC since the Bulls snapped the Heat's winning streak.

MarkJonesESPN @MarkJonesESPN

NBA and college coaches must copy that inbound play ATO that the bulls just ran. Excellent. Moore jumper gives Bulls 2 pt lead

Nick Friedell @NickFriedell

Bulls down 1 with 4.4 seconds left. Who should Thibs draw this up for? I think they've got to find Mirotic.

Westbrook Won't let Thunder lose
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Nikola Mirotic hit a big 3-pointer to bring the Bulls to within 1, but Russell Westbrook answered with a jumper of his own. He has 43 points, and the Thunder lead by 1 with 28.9 seconds left. Follow live

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Kanter comes up big in Chicago
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The Thunder and Bulls had combined to miss 9 straight FGs until Enes Kanter got an offensive rebound and putback to give OKC a 103-99 lead with just over a minute left in regulation. Follow live

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Nick Friedell @NickFriedell

We need to take a moment to remember there is 1:07 left in this game and the Bulls have Brooks, Moore, Pau, Dunleavy and Niko on floor.

Royce Young @royceyoung

This is where Westbrook has to find the balance between doing it himself and trusting teammates.

Bulls making run on Thunder
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When Russell Westbrook (40 points, 5 rebounds, 7 assists) checked in for the Thunder, OKC held an 8-point lead. With under 3 minutes remaining, the Bulls now trail by just 1 . Follow live

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Noah reaches 5,000 rebounds
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Joakim Noah became the sixth player in Bulls history to reach the 5,000-rebound milestone with his 11 boards so far tonight. He's now just 836 behind Michael Jordan for the all-time team lead. Follow live

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Nick Friedell @NickFriedell

E'Twaun Moore is having a hell of a game tonight. He's got 14 points in 16 minutes. Problem is, Westbrook has 38 points in 32 minutes.

Thunder holding steady in fourth
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Russell Westbrook grabbed a few minutes of rest to start the fourth quarter, but he's at the scorer's table and ready to check back in with 8:23 left in regulation. With Westbrook on the bench, OKC actually managed to increase its lead, if only by 1. Follow live

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Nick Friedell @NickFriedell

D.J. Augustin has 7 points in about 3 minutes. If any team knows how hot Augustin can get -- it should be the Bulls.

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Russell Westbrook needs 14 points to reach 50 for the 1st time in his career. He's scored that many in a 4th quarter twice this season.