“I just want to come out and give us a good push,” LaVine said. “I wanted to help put the game away.”
LaVine stayed hot early in the third quarter, sinking his first three shots on layups. Chicago outscored Oklahoma City 31-16 in the third to up its lead to 102-79.
“(LaVine) requires a five-man defense and that showed us an area where we need to improve,” Daigneault said. “A player like LaVine is going to burn you for every little mistake.
“He burned us tonight and there’s a lot we can learn from that.”
KIDS COOLED OFF
The game featured two of the youngest players in the NBA. Oklahoma City’s Aleksaj Pokusevski (19 years, 3 months) and Chicago’s Patrick Williams (19 years, 7 months) both started.
Pokusevski and Williams both had 23 points in their previous game. But they struggled in this one. Pokusevski finished with four points on 2-for-9 shooting. Williams had just two points, going 1 for 9 from the floor.
Thunder: Rookie Theo Maledon, also 19, returned after sitting out Sunday with a right ankle injury. Lu Dort (toe) and Al Horford (rest) were unavailable. Horford was rested for consecutive games for this first time this season. … Brown and Ty Jerome were back in the starting lineup after making their first career NBA starts on Sunday against Memphis. … Daigneault said the Thunder would take its time to “onboard” G/F Svi Mykhailiuk, who was acquired in a trade on Saturday.
Bulls: Donovan said Garrett Temple (left ankle sprain) is out of his walking boot and making progress, but he had no timetable for the forward’s return. … In their previous meeting with the Thunder this season, in Oklahoma City on Jan 15, the Bulls blew a 22-point lead and lost 127-125 in OT.