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'It’s tough sitting on the bench with a suit on': Terrance Ferguson gives Thunder a spark in return

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Terrance Ferguson returned to the starting lineup Monday night after missing the previous five games with right hip soreness.

Ferguson logged 29 minutes and drew the assignment of defending Bulls guard Zach LaVine.

Ferguson shot 4-of-7, with all attempts coming from 3-point range. He’s shooting 37.5 percent from three this season.

“Ah, man, I loved it,” Ferguson said of being back on the court. “It’s tough sitting on the bench with a suit on.”

Abdel Nader, who started five games in Ferguson’s place, played 15 minutes off the bench. Luguentz Dort did not play.

Nader averaged 10.4 points per game as a starter. Thunder coach Billy Donovan was asked before the game if Nader performed well enough in the last five games to earn consistent minutes even with Ferguson healthy.

“Sometimes for Abdel it’s been a numbers game more so than anything he has not done well,” Donovan said. “I give him credit because of some of the injuries we’ve had with Hami (Diallo) and Terrance. The opportunity presented itself in the last five games. I think he really kept himself ready, he worked really hard and stayed really engaged. I think that work paid off with the way he played.”

Super fan

Masaki Miyao wore a white jersey with green and yellow piping down the side. It was a West Forsyth High School jersey, from Chris Paul’s alma mater in Clemmons, North Carolina.

Miyao leaned over the railing at Chesapeake Energy Arena behind the Thunder bench. He held a sign: “It’s my birthday!!!” it read. “Fly 7,253 miles to meet CP3.”

The 24-year-old from Tokyo actually celebrated his birthday Dec. 13, but close enough. He saw the Thunder play in Denver on Saturday night and made the trek to Oklahoma City, where he’ll stay until after the game Wednesday against the Grizzlies.

Miyao has met Paul before in Houston, but he was hoping for a reunion.

LaVine soars

LaVine has long been known as a volume scorer, but he was an efficient scorer against the Thunder.

The 24-year-old Bulls guard scored a game-high 39 points on 15-of-25 shooting.

“I know LaVine had a big offensive night, but (Ferguson) really worked hard on him,” Donovan said.

Tip-ins

Ferguson was whistled for a shooting foul on LaVine at the 8:54 mark in the third quarter. Donovan successfully challenged the call, and there was a jump ball at midcourt … Bulls guard Kris Dunn was called for a flagrant-1 foul on Dennis Schroder in the second quarter … Bulls rookie Coby White and fellow guard Kris Dunn are the latest victims of the Chris Paul rip move … Paul surpassed the 18,000-point mark … The Bulls outscored the Thunder 58-36 in the paint.

Joe Mussatto, Staff writer

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<strong>Chicago's Zach LaVine dunks the ball next to Oklahoma City's Nerlens Noel during the first half of Monday night's game at Chesapeake Energy Arena. LaVine finished with a game-high 39 points in the Bulls' loss. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman]</strong>

Chicago's Zach LaVine dunks the ball next to Oklahoma City's Nerlens Noel during the first half of Monday night's game at Chesapeake Energy Arena. LaVine finished with a game-high 39 points in the Bulls' loss. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman]

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[Nate Billings/The Oklahoman] " title="Oklahoma City's Chris Paul (3) shoots as Chicago's Thaddeus Young (21) defends in the second quarter during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Chicago Bulls at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Monday, Dec. 16, 2019. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman] "><figcaption>Oklahoma City's Chris Paul (3) shoots as Chicago's Thaddeus Young (21) defends in the second quarter during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Chicago Bulls at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Monday, Dec. 16, 2019. 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[Nate Billings/The Oklahoman] " title="Oklahoma City's Nerlens Noel (9) passes away from Chicago's Thaddeus Young (21) in the first quarter during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Chicago Bulls at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Monday, Dec. 16, 2019. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman] "><figcaption>Oklahoma City's Nerlens Noel (9) passes away from Chicago's Thaddeus Young (21) in the first quarter during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Chicago Bulls at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Monday, Dec. 16, 2019. 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[Nate Billings/The Oklahoman] " title="Oklahoma City's Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2) drives against Chicago's Ryan Arcidiacono (51) in the second quarter during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Chicago Bulls at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Monday, Dec. 16, 2019. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman] "><figcaption>Oklahoma City's Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2) drives against Chicago's Ryan Arcidiacono (51) in the second quarter during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Chicago Bulls at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Monday, Dec. 16, 2019. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman] </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-58e38fffa3fd803d2c3c7e7141acc994.jpg" alt="Photo - Chicago's Zach LaVine (8) dunks the ball next to Oklahoma City's Nerlens Noel (9) during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Chicago Bulls at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Monday, Dec. 16, 2019. 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Joe Mussatto

Joe Mussatto joined The Oklahoman in August 2018 to cover OU football, men’s basketball and softball. He previously covered University of Kentucky football and basketball for SEC Country. Mussatto is from Oklahoma City and lives in Norman. Read more ›

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