FINAL FROM THE UNITED CENTER:
Portland 117, Bulls 94 (Bulls 6-12, 3-7 at home)
LEADING SCORERS: Bulls: LaVine: 18pts. Portland: Anthony: 25pts.
LEADING REBOUNDERS: Bulls: Carter: 9. Portland: Whiteside: 12.
LEADING ASSISTS: Bulls: LaVine and Satoransky each with 5. Portland: Lillard: 12.
STAT OF THE NIGHT: Portland outrebounded the Bulls 55-37.
RECAP: The Blazers outscored the Bulls 55-40 in the second half to put the game away. Carmelo Anthony playing in just his fourth game with Portland scored a game-high 25 points. After making 22 three-point field goals against the Hornets, the Bulls connected on only nine against the Blazers and shot 23% from behind the arc. Rebounding and turnovers hurt the Bulls as the Blazers out boarded the Bulls 55-37, Portland scored 24 points off of 17 Bulls turnovers.
UP Next: At Golden State Wednesday.
24 SECONDS NBA NEWS AND NOTES:
Milwaukee 122, Utah 118: The Bucks go to 14-3. Giannis Antetokounmpo scored a season-high 50 points and grabbed 14 rebounds for his 17th double-double of the season.
Toronto 101, Philadelphia 96: The Raps held Joel Embiid scoreless for the first time in his career. Embiid went 0-11 from the field.
Los Angeles Lakers 114, San Antonio 104: The Lakers are soaring, improving to 15-2. LeBron James with a 33-14 night. The Spurs have lost 11 of their last 13 games.
Brooklyn 108, Cleveland 106: The Eastern Conference Player of the Week, Spencer Dinwiddie scored with 1.9 seconds left to propel the Nets to their fourth straight win. The Nets are 5-1 without their leading scorer Kyrie Irving.
Detroit 103, Orlando 88: The Magic are really hurting without Nikola Vucevic and Aaron Gordon.
Indiana 126, Memphis 114: The Grizzlies have lost four straight. The rejuvenated Pacers have won three straight and seven of nine.
Minnesota 125, Atlanta 113: The T-Wolves bench scored 46 points. The Hawks are giving up a ton of points and fell to 4-13.
Boston 103, Sacramento 102: In a loss, Buddy Hield scored a career-high 41 points. He nailed 11 three-point field goals. The Kings host the Bulls Monday.
Miami 117, Charlotte 104: CCI loves Bam Adebayo. Enough said: 21 points and 13 rebounds, his ninth double-double on the season. Kelly Olynyk had a career-high 16 rebounds.
Oklahoma City 100, Golden State 97: The Thunder win for the first time on the road scoring the final 13 points of the game. Golden State hosts the Bulls Wednesday with a league-worst 3-15 record.
Prior to the game, I reconnected with former Westinghouse High School and Bradley University Star, Hersey Hawkins. Hawkins played one season for his hometown Bulls during the 1999-2000 season. He was an NBA All-Star with Seattle in 1991. Hersey is an outstanding person who always finds positivity in everything he encounters. He works in Portland's front office, great man!
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