Thunder vs. Bulls recap: Chicago edges Ibaka, Oklahoma City in preseason, 94-89

Mike Ehrmann

Serge Ibaka had an active night as the Thunder dropped a preseason contest to the Bulls on Tuesday night, 94-89.

With the duo of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook sitting out, the Oklahoma City Thunder fell to the Chicago Bulls, 94-89, in an exhibition game Tuesday night in the United Center.

Thunder big man Serge Ibaka filled up the stat sheet, scoring 24 points on 10-of-17 shooting while grabbing eight rebounds, a steal and two blocks in 29 minutes of play. Point guard Eric Maynor hit three-of-four from beyond the arc, scoring 13 points while reigning NBA Sixth Man of the Year James Harden made 2-of-17 shots from the floor but still reached 13 points for the game along with seven rebounds and seven assists.

Perry Jones III, the rookie forward out of Baylor, also reached double figures with 14 points (7-of-14 shooting from the field) and four rebounds.

Forward Carlos Boozer led the Bulls with 24 points on 11-of-20 shooting, along with 12 rebounds and five assists. Also scoring in double figures for Chicago were Joakim Noah (15 points, 10 boards), Luol Deng (21 points, 5-of-12 shooting) and Richard Hamilton (13 points, 4-of-14 from the floor). In total, the Bulls outshot the Thunder from the floor, 42.1 percent to 39 percent.

The Thunder play their final preseason contest at home against the Dallas Mavericks Wednesday at 7 p.m. CT, while the Bulls wrap up exhibition play Friday, Oct. 26, against the Indiana Pacers.

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