The Bulls began a difficult 5-game West Coast highway trip out in Portland on Wednesday night, and even though they hung about for three quarters, the game turned into a laugher for most of the closing frame in a 124-112 decline.
There was no highway pet mentality in this 1, as the Blazers roasted a porous Bulls protection from the opening suggestion. Portland shot 56.6 p.c total and 11-of-26 on 3-ideas, and this was regardless of Damian Lillard obtaining a tranquil scoring night with 16 points on 4-of-12 shooting. Lillard racked up 10 assists, though, as the Blazers acquired essentially where ever they wished on the flooring, no matter if it was decide-and-rolls or isolations. Portland experienced from some sloppiness (16 turnovers), but that was the only factor that stopped them on this night. CJ McCollum led the Blazers with 24 points on 10-of-14 shooting.
The Bulls did properly to preserve up for a good chunk of the game. Zach LaVine, Wendell Carter Jr. and Kris Dunn combined for 25 points on 11-of-17 shooting in the 1st quarter, and Chicago only trailed by 1 level right after the opening frame, with six turnovers combined from LaVine and Dunn the only serious offensive blemish as they seemed to drive pace and get into their offense considerably more rapidly.
But in what was yet another concept of the night, the Blazers’ bench established separation in the second quarter against a ghastly Bulls bench device. With Jabari Parker banished out of the rotation however again, Jim Boylen is rolling with bench models that includes all three of Ryan Arcidiacono, Antonio Blakeney and Shaquille Harrison. Blakeney had his moments scoring the ball in this 1 (12 points), but people teams predictably struggled against a marvelous Blazers reserve group.
Proper when it seemed like the Blazers may open up a large direct likely into halftime, they sputtered to near out the 50 % and the Bulls reeled them in to make it a 5-level game. The third quarter showcased a good deal of layups, a good deal of fouls and no protection, and the Bulls trailed by just 5 points around the end of the frame many thanks to a scorching sizzling extend by Bobby Portis (13 of his 15 points in the third quarter). Nevertheless, Zach Collins came up with two substantial offensive rebounds to near the quarter, foremost to 5 points and a 10-level Blazers edge.
The Blazers saved scoring to open the fourth quarter, and before long more than enough it was a 19-level game as the Bulls just couldn’t preserve up. Collins (16/9/4) and Seth Curry (17 points on 7-of-11 shooting) did considerably of the damage to place the game absent as element of a 56-level bench exhibiting.
In the meantime, LaVine genuinely tailed off, lacking his closing 9 shots to complete with 18 points on 6-of-19 shooting. LaVine acquired significantly pissed off on drives to the basket with not quite a few phone calls, and he begun forcing points into targeted traffic and acquiring himself into difficulties.
Carter led the Bulls with 22 points on 7-of-9 shooting, exhibiting off his wonderful stroke by likely 7-of-7 from the charity stripe and even making a corner 3-pointer, his 1st designed triple in about two months.
That corner 3 was off a wonderful travel-and-kick from Lauri Markkanen, which was regrettably 1 of his handful of offensive highlights of the night. The Blazers did properly to make Markkanen unpleasant and deny him open seems, as the large gentleman concluded with just 10 points on 4-of-12 shooting. He skipped all three of his 3-pointer attempts badly, marking the 1st game all time with no a 3-level make. He did have three blocks.
Dunn wound up with a strong line of 15 points, 7 assists, 5 rebounds and two steals, but he unsuccessful to get to the line again. The level guard actually acquired up two early-clock 3-ideas in the 1st quarter and designed 1 of them, but he did not take yet another triple all night. Newborn methods.
Points won’t get any less complicated for the Bulls, as they now face a Warriors–Jazz back again-to-back again this weekend. Chicago has missing 5 straight game titles and sit at 10-31 at the halfway level.