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D. Rose Leads Bulls With 33 Points In 115-111 Over Blazers

After losing to the Wizards, by six, the Bulls bounced back with a win against the Indiana Pacers. However, the game the Trailblazers would be a better measuring stick of how good they are being that Portland is one of the better teams in the Western Conference.

The Bulls would jump out to a 31-22 lead after the first quarter and would lead by as many as 13 points in the second quarter. However, Chicago would allow the Trailblazers to close within 52-51 going into halftime despite shooting 55% from the field. The Blazers were 13 of 15 from the free-throw line and enjoyed a 24-14 advantage with points in the paint. Portland’s momentum would carry over into the second half and they would stake out to a nine point lead but despite Chicago’s somewhat erratic play, the Bulls would manage to cling to an 80-79 lead heading into the final period.

Being that the teams pretty much battled back and forth much of the second half, it would only be fitting that the game would be tied with seconds remaining. Derrick Rose, who led the Bulls with 33 points, had a chance to win the game in regulation as he drove the lane and put up a finger roll that hung on the rim but would eventually spin out, and sending the teams into overtime tied at 103. With the Bulls up by three points, Blazer forward, Lamarcus Aldridge would maneuver around Joakim Noah to tip in a missed free throw to bring Portland within a point (112-111). The Bulls would split a pair of free throws to go up 113-111. On the Blazers’ next possession, Brandon Roy would attempt to go for the win instead of tying the game and his miss would lead to a fast break bucket for Bulls, thus dashing any hopes the Blazers had of winning the game. The 115-111 victory over the Blazers improves the Bulls’ record to 31-27 and most importantly, moves them within a half game of the Toronto Raptors for the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference.

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