Final Score: Portland 91, Chicago 74
Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Mo Williams netted 18 points off the bench
to lead six Trail Blazers in double figures in Portland's 91-74 takedown of
the Chicago Bulls at United Center.
Damian Lillard added 16 points while Robin Lopez and Nicolas Batum scored 13
apiece to help Portland win its second straight to complete a five-game
Eastern Conference road trip with a 2-3 mark.
"We all know where things are in the standings and with the playoffs. Every
game is critical. We let a couple get away on this trip, but I didn't need to
say anything to them. Everyone knows where we are and what we need to do,"
said Blazers coach Terry Stotts.
LaMarcus Aldridge, playing in his second game since returning from a back
injury, had a season-low five points on 2-of-10 shooting but grabbed a
game-high 13 rebounds with four steals. Aldridge missed the previous seven
Three Bulls had double-doubles, with Carlos Boozer's 16 points and 12 rebounds
leading the way. Taj Gibson posted 13 points and 10 rebounds and Joakim Noah
finished with 11 points and 10 boards.
"One game is not the end all, either way," said Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau.
Despite the loss, the Bulls clinched a playoff spot Friday night.
Portland has won the last six meetings in this series.
After a back-and-forth opening period, Dorell Wright hit a 3-pointer to spark
a 10-3 run midway through the second. Williams followed with a floater, a
pull-up jumper and three free throws to push the spread to 37-27.
Lillard hit a deep 3-ball before the halftime buzzer for a 47-36 margin at the
Jimmy Butler had five points in the first five minutes of the second half for
Chicago, but the rest of the Bulls went scoreless over that stretch as
Portland broke the game open. Aldridge's layup at 7:56 gave the visitors their
largest lead at 62-38.
The Blazers rolled the rest of the way.
Chicago shot just 33-for-84 (39.3 percent) from the floor and 3-of-17 from 3-
point range ... D.J. Augustin had 15 points and seven assists for the Bulls
... Lopez had five blocked shots.
03/29 01:47:04 ET
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