NBA Game Summary - Chicago at Portland
(Wednesday, February 6th)
Final Score: Portland 100, Chicago 97
Portland, OR (Sports Network) - Brandon Roy scored 28 points to lead the Trail Blazers to a 100-97 win over Chicago, as the Trail Blazers swept the season series from the Bulls.
LaMarcus Aldridge tallied 18 points, Jarrett Jack 17 and Travis Outlaw 14 for Portland, which has won two of its last three games.
Thabo Sefolosha and Andres Nocioni each had 22 points for the Bulls, losers in five of their last seven. Joe Smith had 16 points and Ben Wallace added 12 points and eight rebounds in a losing effort.
The Bulls never led after the opening quarter, although they were close for most of the final quarter. Jack hit one free throw to give the Blazers a 96-92 lead with 20.1 seconds left.
Chris Duhon then nailed a jumper from the right baseline with 7.2 seconds left, but two more free throws from Jack had the lead back at four.
Nocioni sank a three with 0.8 seconds remaining for a 98-97 spread, but after Roy was fouled on the inbounds, time seemingly ran out. Officials put 0.5 seconds back on the clock and he made both free throws, but Chicago's long inbounds pass was tipped away at the buzzer.
"It seems we refuse to do things the easy way," Portland coach Nate McMillan said. "We knew since they were shorthanded that they would play with effort. When teams are short they really come after you. But I was pleased that down the stretch we did get the stops we needed."
Chicago's Kirk Hinrich was out due to bruised ribs, taking away better than 13 points per game for the Bulls.
"Chris Duhon stepped up, Tyrus Thomas played well too, but I knew I had a couple extra shots to take tonight," Sefolosha said. "I think we did pretty good and we played hard and we played with heart. I don't really see what we could have done different."
Portland led 27-21 after the first quarter and expanded that to 35-23 early in the second following an Outlaw jumper. It was 49-43 at the half.
Aldridge's jumper expanded Portland's advantage to 64-53 midway through the third and it was 73-65 going into the fourth.
The Blazers shot 3-of-17 from beyond the arc, but ended 50.6 percent overall.
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