Portland Trail Blazers vs. Chicago Bulls: Live Score, Results and Game Grades
Losing at home hasn't been a part of the Chicago Bulls' game plan in recent memory, but it looks like that's starting to change—with a 99-89 loss.
The Portland Trail Blazers overwhelmed the Bulls from the tip with 28 points from LaMarcus Aldridge and 24 from Damian Lillard.
It wasn't until the fourth quarter that the Bulls finally showed up, outscoring the Blazers 36-19 in the quarter.
The Bulls were led by 18 points from Joakim Noah and 16 points from Carlos Boozer. 26 points off the bench from Jimmy Butler and Taj Gibson came too late, as the Bulls just couldn't find a way to cool off the Blazers.
Portland shot 47.6 from beyond the arc, behind Lillard and Wesley Matthew's combined 7-of-12 shooting from three-point land.
It's clear that the Bulls have reached the "we need Derrick Rose" point, and if he doesn't return soon, the Bulls' chances of making a run in the playoffs is slim to none.
Chicago is now just two games up on the Milwaukee Bucks for the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference. If the Bulls keep losing they could quickly find themselves in the eight seed in the East, and an unfavorable first-round matchup with the Miami Heat.
A very quick 7-0 run for the Bulls, has fans thinking "thanks a lot for your effort during the first 36 minutes."
Blazers 97, Bulls 87—33.9 remaining in the 4th quarter
The Bulls have outscored the Blazers 27-17 in the 4th so far. If we've learned anything by this it's that the Bulls are better with an energetic Nate Robinson on the court.
Blazers 97, Bulls 80—1:29 remaining in the 4th quarter
I'm pretty sure Jimmy Butler doesn't have a left hand. I've yet to see him drive left once. Either way, he's leading this Bulls' mini "comeback."
Blazers 91, Bulls 77—3:00 remaining in the 4th quarter
The Bulls have finally found their offensive, now they just need to start getting stops on defense.
That's going to be hard to do with Lillard and Aldridge on the court.
Blazers 89, Bulls 74—4:25 remaining in the 4th quarter
The Bulls have outscored the Blazers 19-7 in the 4th quarter. Impressive stuff considering they scored just 16 points in the 2nd and 3rd quarters.
Blazers 87, Bulls 72—5:52 remaining in the 4th quarter
Where was this fight for the first 3 quarters for the Bulls?
Blazers 84, Bulls 67–7:04 remaining in the 4th quarter
This just in—Saturday vs. the Indiana Pacers is "oven mit night" for the Bulls at the UNITED CENTER.
LaMarcus Aldridge swiftly puts an end to the Bulls 10-0 run. Misses the back-end of the and one though.
Blazers 82, Bulls 63—8:05 remaining in the 4th quarter
10-0 run. Taj Gibson throw down. 17 more to go.
Blazers 80, Bulls 63—8:40 remaining in the 4th quarter
Nate Robinson with a huge throw down off the through the leg dribble. If Meyers Lenoard was three feet to his left, he would have been on a nice Nate Robinson poster.
6-0 run for the Bulls. Only 21 more.
Blazers 80, Bulls 59—9:37 remaining in the 4th quarter
Bulls are on a 2-0 run. Let the epic comeback begin.
Blazers 80, Bulls 55—10:20 remaining in the 4th quarter
There's one reason why the Bulls won't come back from down 27 like the Miami Heat did against the Cavaliers—his name is LeBron James.
Blazers are 9-of-16 from beyond the arc. That's hard to beat.
Blazers 80, Bulls 53—11:30 remaining in the 4th quarter
Watching the Bulls play down 20-plus points, reminds me of just how amazing it was that the Miami Heat came back from down 27 points in the 3rd quarter. Just had to say it.
Blazers 77, Bulls 53—24.7 remaining in the 3rd quarter
The Bulls just got 3 offensive rebounds, and missed on each subsequent possession. It's a rough, rough night for the offenseless Bulls.
Blazers 77, Bulls 49—1:07 remaining in the 3r3d quarter
If I hear the words "need to finish strong" one more time, I'm going to drive to Chicago and punch the commentators in the face.
Blazers 73, Bulls 49—2:50 remaining in the 3rd quarter
Watching Kirk Hinrich try to guard Damian Lillard is like watching the 45-year old former DIII basketball player try to hang with the 'youngins.
Blazers 73, Bulls 47—3:48 remaining in the 3rd quarter
Meyers Leonard rewarded for his block on the defensive end, with a easy transition dunk on the other end.
Blazers 70, Bulls 45—5:45 remaining in the 3rd quarter
I actually had lunch with Aldridge once. Nice guy. Tell me again why we traded him for Thomas? Anybody/— Kelly Scaletta (@KellyScaletta) March 22, 2013
This just in ... LaMarcus Aldridge doesn't intend on missing ever again—20 points on 10-of-15 shooting.
Blazers 60, Bulls 41—7:30 remaining in the 3rd quarter
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