The Chicago Bulls turned it over on 14 possessions and only totaled 11 assists in a disappointing performance in which they were nipped by the Portland Trail Blazers, 98-95. Portland (11-2) has now won 9 in a row, dating back to a 104-91 victory over the Sacramento Kings on November 8th.
Wesley Matthews had another big game, scoring 28 points on 12-19 shooting, including 4-8 on 3-point attempts. Other key players for Portland included Damian Lillard with 20 points and 6 assists, Nicolas Batum with 17 points and 8 rebounds, and Robin Lopez with 13 points and 16 rebounds. Despite the loss, Derrick Rose put up 20 points for Chicago on 6-19 shooting (2-5 on 3-point attempts), in addition to going 6-7 from the free throw line. Carlos Boozer contributed 16 points and 7 rebounds, Luol Deng finished with 15 points and 14 rebounds, and Kirk Hinrich put up 13 points and 7 rebounds.
The Bulls had 11 assists against 14 turnovers for a ratio of 0.79. This year, they are winless (0-2) when having more turnovers than assists in a game. Conversely, the Trail Blazers are 2-1 when holding their opponents below an assist-to-turnover ratio of 1.00.
Chicago (6-5) has now dropped consecutive games after losing to Denver on Thursday.
Coming up next, the Trail Blazers square off against the Golden State Warriors, who are 8-5 on the year. The Bulls match up against the Los Angeles Clippers, currently 9-5 this season.