Trail Blazers 87, Bulls 78

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CHICAGO (AP)—Even without Rasheed Wallace, the Portland Trail Blazers had enough firepower to beat the Chicago Bulls.

With Wallace sidelined with a sprained ankle, the Trail Blazers got 19 points from Derek Anderson, blocked 11 shots and had three players get double-figure rebounds to pull out an 87-78 win Friday night.

“It’s just something to build on, that’s all,” said Anderson, playing in just his third game all season because of back problems.

“I’ve got to keep myself from getting too high until it’s time for us to get back to winning.”

Portland broke a four-game losing streak and won on the road for just the second time in 15 tries this season.

Jeff McInnis added 15 points, Dale Davis had 10 rebounds, six assists and five blocks, while Vladimir Stepania chipped in 12 rebounds and Ruben Patterson 10.

But Anderson gave the Trail Blazers some stability on offense, scoring his 19 points in just 17 minutes.

“It was nice to get Derek back in there. He drives to the basket and gets to the line. He shoots the ball well and his driving gives us a different dimension,” Portland coach Maurice Cheeks said, noting that Anderson was 10-of-13 from the line.

Portland used a 9-0 run in the fourth quarter, including four points from Davis, and built an eight-point lead with just under five minutes left.

The Bulls got 21 points from Jamal Crawford, who could be on the trading block, according a published report. Antonio Davis had 15 rebounds but the Bulls were booed loudly as they left the court after the game.

“Right now, it’s one step forward and two steps backward,” Antonio Davis said. “With a coaching change and young players, you are always going to be in an uphill battle. We have to stay on top of it.”

Chicago went up by seven in the third quarter when Crawford scored the Bulls’ first nine points in the period and then fed Kendall Gill for a layup.

The Bulls led 42-37 at the end of a low-scoring first half despite shooting just 30 percent. The Blazers had 13 turnovers in the first half.

The Bulls shot just 32 percent for the game.


Wallace, who had started 32 of 33 games, sprained his left ankle in Thursday night’s loss to Minnesota. Dale Davis, who missed the Minnesota game when he had travel problems, did not start. Qyntel Woods and Vladimir Stepania started in place of Wallace and Dale Davis. … Portland overcame 21 turnovers with its strong inside play. … Marcus Fizer of the Bulls missed the game because of flu. … Scottie Pippen, who returned to the Bulls this season after spending the previous four years with the Blazers, went in the Portland locker room before the game to say hello to old teammates. Pippen is on the injured list after knee surgery. … Eddy Curry struggled again, making just 1-of-9field goal attempts in minutes.

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D. Davis D. Davis
2-6,  8 Pts
10 Rebs, 6 Assists
J. Crawford J. Crawford
8-19,  21 Pts
2 Rebs, 6 Assists

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