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Not even a 25-point lead was enough to get the Bulls a win over the Thunder



OKLAHOMA CITY, OK- DECEMBER 16: Lauri Markkanen #24 of the Chicago Bulls drives to the basket during a game against the Oklahoma City Thunder on December 16, 2019 at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Zach Beeker/NBAE via Getty Images)

OKLAHOMA CITY – While the advantage came before the end of the first half, it seemed a lead that would stand the test of time.

Ryan Arcidiacono knocked down a three-pointer with 7:59 to go in the first half to give the Bulls a 25-point lead over the Thunder Monday night. It held steady all the way till halftime when the visitors led by 19 points with 24 minutes to go.

Surely that would be enough for the Bulls to come home with a rare road win and a second-straight victory?

Fans should know better by now.

In fact, the Bulls managed to drop the lead, rally to tie it, then lose it in the final seconds on a flagrant foul. Defeats have come in many ways for Jim Boylen’s team this season and Monday’s was most unusual as Oklahoma City rallied for a 109-106 at Chesapeake Bay Arena.  Gone is the chance for back-to-back wins for just the second time this season as the Bulls drop one of their more painful games of this season to fall to 10-19 on the season.