The Chicago Bulls are off to a solid start despite the absence of injured star Derrick Rose.
Even with a healthy roster, the Oklahoma City Thunder have been inconsistent out of the gate.
The two perennial NBA powers each look to build on victories Thursday night when they meet at the United Center.
A torn ACL has Rose out until at least after the All-Star break, but his Chicago teammates are poised to succeed without him. The Bulls (3-1) rebounded from Saturday's 89-82 home loss to New Orleans with a 99-93 victory over previously undefeated Orlando on Tuesday. Luol Deng scored 15 of his 23 points in the second half while Joakim Noah added 20, nine rebounds and five blocks as Chicago used a 15-2 second-half surge to erase a five-point deficit.
"(Winning is) all that counts, but we need to play better,'' said Noah, who is averaging team highs of 16.0 points and 8.8 boards. "This isn't going to cut it against a better team. We've just got to keep fighting."
While the Bulls struggl...