Gordon leads Bulls over Blazers
Portland, OR (Sports Network) – Ben Gordon scored 33 points, as the Chicago
Bulls downed the Portland Trail Blazers, 88-86 at the Rose Garden.
Kirk Hinrich scored 17 points for the Bulls, who won for the fifth time in six
games overall. Chris Duhon scored 15 points and Luol Deng posted 14 points and
10 rebounds. Ben Wallace grabbed 12 boards.
Zach Randolph scored 27 points for the Trail Blazers, who have lost three of
their last four. Brandon Roy and Jarrett Jack both scored 16 points, and Juan
Dixon added 11 points off the bench.
With the score deadlocked at 80, Duhon converted a pair of free throws with
51.8 seconds left, but Jack scored on an up-and-under jumper in the lane with
32.7 seconds remaining to again tie the score.
Gordon then got fouled and converted both free throws with 22.3 seconds left
for a two-point Bulls lead. Roy cut through the lane on the ensuing
possession, but missed on a layup.
Duhon then hit a pair from the charity stripe with 12.7 seconds remaining to
make it a two-possession game.
Jack got an easy layup with 6.8 seconds left to cut Portland’s deficit back to
two, but Gordon hit another pair from the line with 5.9 seconds on the clock
to seal the win.
The first quarter featured a defensive battle, with the Blazers taking a 16-12
lead into the second.
The Bulls blew the game open in the second quarter, more than doubling their
first-quarter points total. Chicago had an eight-point lead when it closed the
stanza on a 15-6 burst capped by a Hinrich hook shot with two ticks left for a
45-28 halftime Bulls lead.
However, Portland regrouped in the locker room. After Gordon converted a pair
of free throws 17 seconds in, the Blazers took off on a 26-7 run capped by a
Dixon jumper with 3:19 left to tie things at 54. They trailed by just three
heading into the fourth.
Roy got hit in the eye early in the first quarter. He received five stitches
and returned for the second quarter…This was the first of two meetings
between the clubs this season. The Bulls are scheduled to host the Trail
Blazers on March 26th at the Rose Garden…Chicago has lost six of eight and
eight of its last 13 at Portland, but has won four of the five contests in the
series…Portland opened a short two-game homestand, and is 12-13 at home this
season. It will host Steve Nash and the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday at the Rose