Trail Blazers 102, Bulls 95
Wallace scored 29 points, including a 3-pointer and an alley-oop slam in overtime, to lead the Trail Blazers to a 102-95 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Saturday night.
Eddy Curry had 27 points for the Bulls, who have lost 10 of 11—including eight straight on the road. Pippen added 17 points and seven rebounds in his return to Portland.
Pippen, 38, played 35 minutes and received a standing ovation when he was introduced. The 17-year veteran, who spent four years in Portland, signed a two-year deal with Chicago before the season. But he suggested he might retire after this season.
“I can probably assure you this is my last trip (to Portland),” Pippen said. “It’s always tough to see it come to an end as a player.
“It’s been a great ride, but I know physically my body is taking a beating right now, and it’s probably going to cost me down the road. But I still enjoy playing the game, and I still enjoy competing.”
Portland won its fourth straight game, coming back from a 15-point deficit to prevail despite trailing the entire second and third quarters.
No Blazer was more important than Wallace, who has been criticized in Portland for everything from his sour attitude to his tendency to disappear in big games.
The subject of trade talks for much of the season, Wallace recently made the move from forward to center and has flourished since returning from an ankle injury Jan. 17.
“We can’t say enough about Rasheed’s play lately,” Portland coach Maurice Cheeks said. “His aggressive play has been a big factor. He has the ability to take us to the next level.”
Wallace hit a 3-pointer with 2:47 remaining in overtime to give Portland a 96-93 lead. Jamal Crawford scored on the other end, but Wallace caught an alley-oop pass from Derek Anderson on a fast break and dunked it. Curry missed two free throws and Damon Stoudamire hit a pair to give Portland a five-point lead.
Both teams had a chance to win in regulation, but Chicago’s Antonio Davis missed a jumper from the top of the key with the score tied at 91 and Anderson missed an off-balance 3-pointer at the buzzer.
Zach Randolph added 20 points and nine rebounds for Portland. Crawford had 18 points for the Bulls.
Stoudamire had 12 points and 14 assists for the Blazers, his third double-digit effort in four games. Ruben Patterson scored 14 off the bench.
It was Pippen who kept Chicago going during the second and third quarters, and his 3-pointer with 3:55 left in the fourth quarter gave the Bulls an 89-86 advantage.
“We all respect Scottie,” Patterson said. “The old guy can still play. I’ll give that to him. We miss him.”
Portland had an early lead, but lost it when the Bulls got going at the end of the first quarter. Chicago was up 33-28 when Eddie Robinson scored at 7:37 in the second to begin a 17-7 run. The Bulls hit 10 of their first 14 shots in the second quarter and built a 50-35 lead.
Patterson was the catalyst of the Blazers’ comeback, coming off the bench to score seven points during a 12-2 run at the end of the third quarter. DaleDavis hit a pair of free throws to get Portland to 77-75.
Bulls power forward Tyson Chandler, who missed two months with a bad back, was activated and scored three points in 12 minutes. … The Bulls are 5-19 on the road this season. … Portland has won 10 of 11 against the Bulls,including 87-78 in Chicago on Jan. 9.