Blazers dominate Bulls for sixth straight win

Portland, OR (SportsNetwork.com) – Damian Lillard had 21 points and nine
assists in three quarters of work as the Portland Trail Blazers thrashed the
Chicago Bulls 105-87 on Friday night.

LaMarcus Aldridge added 16 points and nine rebounds for the Blazers, who won
their sixth straight game.

Nikola Mirotic supplied 24 points and 11 boards for Chicago, which was without
point guard Derrick Rose and power forward Pau Gasol again. Rose missed his
fourth consecutive game with a hamstring injury, while Gasol didn’t play for a
third time in a row due to a left calf strain.

The Bulls lost forward Taj Gibson in the third quarter of this one with a left
ankle sprain.

The Blazers led by as many as 17 in the opening frame before the Bulls cut the
gap to 39-35 in the second.

Portland later responded with an 18-2 run and were never threatened again.

Lillard hit consecutive triples at one point and netted eight points during
the surge. Allen Crabbe capped the surge with a dunk to stake Portland to a
healthy 59-39 advantage late in the first half.

The Blazers led 61-43 at the break and by as many as 28 in the third before
settling for an 89-65 cushion heading into the fourth, where they cruised to
the easy win.

Earlier, Aldridge and Lillard nailed triples in the first few minutes as
Portland raced out to an 18-3 margin.

The spread swelled to 26-9 late in the first.

A 10-2 Bulls flurry pulled them within 30-21, but Chris Kaman’s reverse at the
horn gave the Blazers a 32-21 lead going into the second.

Game Notes

The Blazers held a 48-28 points in the paint advantage … Portland shot 49.4
percent (39-of-79) from the field and 9-of-16 from beyond the arc … The
Bulls shot just 36.1 percent (30-of-83) from the floor.