PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Zach LaVine was blunt: The Chicago Bulls of the latest previous would not have come again to beat the Path Blazers like this.
The short-handed Bulls rebounded from a 20-point first-half deficit to down Portland 111-108 on Tuesday evening.
Coby White had 21 factors and a career-high 10 rebounds, whereas Otto Porter Jr. added 19 factors and 13 rebounds. The Bulls had seven gamers in double figures.
”We did not cease enjoying,” mentioned LaVine, who completed with 18 factors and 9 assists. ”After the primary quarter, they got here out hitting a number of powerful pictures. It is not like we had been enjoying unhealthy, it simply occurs in a recreation. We acquired to a timeout and we simply mentioned we will maintain enjoying regardless, and we acquired again into it.”
Requested point-blank if it was a recreation final season’s Bulls would have received, LaVine emphatically mentioned ”No.”
CJ McCollum led the Blazers with 26 factors, together with six 3-pointers. Damian Lillard had 24 factors and 9 assists.
The Blazers led by as many as 20 factors early within the recreation, however the Bulls chipped away on the lead, tying it within the fourth quarter at 91 on Porter’s 3-pointer. Garrett Temple’s 3 gave the Bulls a 96-94 lead with 6:36 left.
Portland went up 100-98 lead on Carmelo Anthony’s 3-pointer earlier than Chicago rookie Patrick Williams’ floater tied it once more with 4:12 to go. Porter’s pull-up jumper made it 104-100 with simply over three minutes left.
Lillard was fouled on a 3-point try and made all his free throws, pulling Portland inside 106-103. He added two free throws with 30.8 seconds left to slim the hole additional.
LaVine’s step-back 3-pointer gave the impression to be the winner for Chicago – till Lillard made a 3 to get the Blazers inside some extent once more with 5.7 seconds to go. White made a pair of free throws within the last moments and Portland fell quick.
”I feel the blokes simply had an actual good disposition once we had been down about what we needed to do to get again within the recreation,” Bulls coach Billy Donovan mentioned.
The Blazers (3-4) had been coming off a 137-122 loss to Golden State on Sunday. Golden State’s Stephen Curry scored a career-high 62 factors in opposition to Portland.
”Make no mistake. We did not shoot the ball within the fourth quarter,” Blazers coach Terry Stotts mentioned. ”We misplaced this within the second half. Chicago out performed us, they performed more durable than us. We let down our guard and gave up 66 factors within the second half after having an impressive first half defensively.”
After going 0-3 to begin the season, the Bulls have improved with wins in 4 of their final 5 video games, together with a 118-108 victory over the Mavericks, paced by LaVine’s 39 factors.
The Bulls had been with out Lauri Markkanen, Ryan Arcidiacono, Chandler Hutchinson and Tomas Satoransky for the fourth straight recreation due to the league’s COVID-19 protocols. Hutchinson and Satoransky examined constructive and are isolating.
The Blazers made 4 straight 3-pointers to open the sport and went on a 14-0 run to shut out the primary quarter with a 39-21 lead. Gary Trent Jr.’s shot from distance gave Portland a 47-27 lead.
The Bulls closed the hole with a 13-0 run capped by Porter’s 3-pointer to get inside 47-40. The Blazers went into halftime with a 54-45 lead.
”When that adversity hits and there are momentum swings, it is no purpose to hold your head and get down,” Donovan mentioned. ”It is a part of the sport, and you have gotta be capable of compete via these moments. I believed our guys did job of competing and staying the course.”
Bulls: It was the primary of a four-game highway journey for the Bulls. … All 5 of Chicago’s starters had been in double figures. … Williams has began in each recreation his rookie season, thus far.
Path Blazers: Ahead Nassir Little was out there after recovering from coronavirus. Rodney Hood was questionable with a left quad pressure. … Together with his first 3-pointer of the evening, Lillard grew to become the 18th participant in NBA historical past to achieve 1,800 profession 3s.
The Bulls go to Sacramento on Wednesday evening.
The Path Blazers host the Timberwolves on Thursday.
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