Final

Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 11/23

Game 1: Monday, November 23rd
Bulls98Final
Trail Blazers122
Game 2: Friday, February 26th
Trail Blazers111Final
OT
Bulls115

Bulls 98

(6-7, 2-6 away)

Trail Blazers 122

(11-5, 6-2 home)

Coverage: NBATV

10:00 PM ET, November 23, 2009

Moda Center, Portland, OR

1 2 3 4 T
CHI 28 23 29 1898
POR 31 35 24 32122

Top Performers

Chicago: L. Deng 25 Pts, 4 Reb, 2 Ast

Portland: L. Aldridge 24 Pts, 13 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Blk

Oden, Aldridge each have 24 as Blazers outrun Bulls

Associated Press

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Greg Oden is starting to become a force on the offensive end.

Oden tied a career high with 24 points and LaMarcus Aldridge also had 24 to help the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Chicago Bulls 122-98 on Monday night.

"I'm not saying my game is where it should be, but when I can get good deep post position and overpower people and get good shots up, I definitely want to use my strength," said Oden, who was the first pick of the 2007 NBA draft.

Fast Facts

• The Blazers have won 9 of 11 games after starting the season 2-3.

• Greg Oden tied a career high with 24 points. He made 10 of 12 foul shots (his previous high for foul shots made in a game was seven).

• Portland outrebounded Chicago 47-27, led by 13 rebounds for LaMarcus Aldridge and 12 for Oden.

-- ESPN Stats & Information

He missed just one of his eight shots from the field and added 12 rebounds. Portland coach Nate McMillan liked that Oden simply didn't settle for his favorite offensive move, the jump hook.

"He's doing a good job of establishing deep position by being patient," McMillan said.

The Blazers had five players score in double figures. Brandon Roy had 18 points, seven rebounds and seven assists, while Andre Miller scored 16 and Rudy Fernandez 13.

Luol Deng scored 25 points and John Salmons added 22 for the Bulls.

Portland's 122 points was a season high and the Trail Blazers outrebounded the Bulls 47-27. They held the league's leading rebounder Joakim Noah to just eight boards.

"I definitely was trying to keep Noah off the glass. By doing that, I ended up getting some good put-backs myself," Oden said.

Portland scored a season-high 66 points during the first half by dominating inside and getting to the free throw line. Four Blazers scored in double figures during the opening half, led by Aldridge's 17 points.

Chicago made its first nine shots in the third quarter and cut its deficit to 80-75. But the Blazers closed the period on a 10-5 spurt to take a 10-point lead heading into the fourth before blowing the game open.

"We have to find a way to polish the game off and finish," said Bulls guard Derrick Rose, who scored 14 points. "It's very hard to rebound when you have someone like 6-foot-6, 6-7 boxing out 7-footers. We have to find a way to get rebounds and run."

Game notes


Chicago plays six consecutive road games during a 14-day span. Monday's game was the fourth. Portland beat Chicago for the fifth consecutive time in the Rose Garden. ... The Blazers have also won five straight over the Bulls, after sweeping the season series in 2007-08 and 2008-09.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
CHI
POR
Points 98 122
FGM-FGA 37-80 (.463) 42-73 (.575)
3PM-3PA 6-13 (.462) 6-15 (.400)
FTM-FTA 18-22 (.818) 32-40 (.800)
Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 8-27 14-47
Assists 23 24
Turnovers 6 10
Steals 4 2
Blocks 4 4
Fast Break Points 8 4
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 28 (3/0) 18 (0/0)
Largest Lead 6 24

Top Performers

Chicago
Portland
Luol Deng Deng
Points: 25
Reb: 4
Ast: 2
Stl: 0
Blk: 0
LaMarcus Aldridge Aldridge
Points: 24
Reb: 13
Ast: 3
Stl: 0
Blk: 1