NBA Game Summary - Chicago at Portland|
(Sunday, November 18th)
Final Score: Portland 102, Chicago 94
Portland, OR (Sports Network) - Nicolas Batum and Wesley Matthews scored 21
points apiece as the Portland Trail Blazers downed the Chicago Bulls, 102-94,
at the Rose Garden.
LaMarcus Aldridge had 18 points and 13 rebounds, Damian Lillard contributed 16
points and J.J. Hickson poured in 10 as all five Portland starters scored in
Ronnie Price added 10 points off the bench in the Trail Blazers' third
Joakim Noah finished with 16 points, 15 rebounds and eight assists to pace
Chicago, which dropped its second consecutive game.
"As a unit, we just have to play better defensively," said Noah. "We know what
we need to do. We just have to be more aggressive defensively."
The teams traded baskets over the opening minutes of action until Chicago
reeled off an 8-1 spurt to take an 18-12 lead just past the midpoint of the
Portland countered with an 11-4 run to go on top, 23-22, but the Bulls scored
the final eight points of the frame to carry a 30-23 lead into the second
The Trail Blazers opened the second with a 9-2 swing to knot the game at 32-32
and later closed out the half with a 12-4 run to hold a 51-43 advantage at the
Portland connected on 59.1 percent of its shots and outscored Chicago by a
mark of 28-13 while holding the Bulls to just 37.5 percent shooting in the
Batum then connected on a pair of 3-pointers and Lillard also dropped in a
trey as Portland stretched its lead up to a game-high 15 points, 64-49, less
than four minutes into the third quarter.
The Bulls answered with a 15-5 run to cut their deficit to 69-64, but they
would get no closer and trailed, 73-68, heading into the fourth quarter.
After Taj Gibson converted a three-point play to knot the game at 73-73 a
little over a minute into the fourth, Matthews scored five points in a 12-2
run by the Trail Blazers that put them on top for good, 87-75, with about five
minutes to play.
Chicago managed to close its gap to 95-90 within the final minute, but
Portland was able to hold the Bulls off at the foul line to hang on for the
"I thought we put it together. Defensively we got some stops," Lillard said.
"In the third quarter, I think we got some stops and put both ends together."
Portland has won five straight and 11 of the last 13 meetings at home against
Chicago ... Both teams shot 49 percent from the floor in the contest, but
Portland connected on 9-of-22 three-point attempts while Chicago went 4-for-16
from beyond the arc ... The Bulls outscored Portland in the paint, 54-34.
11/19 02:03:25 ET