After receiving a not so pleasant update on his return from Derrick Rose himself, the Chicago Bulls took on the Portland Trailblazers at home Thursday night, falling short 99-89.
Chicago led the Blazers 21-20 after the first quarter. Portland scored the first 14 points of the second quarter, outscoring the Bulls 32-16 to take the 52-37 lead at the half. Aldridge led the Blazers with 16 at the break, Lillard had 13 of his own.
The Blazers extended the lead to 28 in the third before the Bulls changed up the tempo, outscoring portland 36-19 in the final quarter. Jimmy Butler dropped 10 0f his 12 points in the fourth quarter to help the Bulls get within 10 points with under 36 seconds left in regulation.
The shorthanded – injury plagued Bulls got Kirk Hinrich (foot) and Taj Gibson (knee) back last night but unfortunately the struggles were apparent. Hinrich went 1-7 in shooting and scored just two points. Gibson went 7/14 for 14 points.
The Blazers shot 49% from the field and went 10/21 outside the arc, led by Lillard’s four three pointers. Aldridge led the Blazers in scoring with 28, Lillard finished with 24.
Joakim Noah lead all scoring for the Bulls with 18 pts, 6 reb, and 4 ast. Boozer booked yet another double double with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Luol Deng had an off night scoring just five points, and as for Marco Belinelli; who is now Chicago’s starting SG scored 7 points and went just 3-10 in shooting.
The Bulls look gassed and exhausted, their next opponent is Indiana on Saturday at the United Center.