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Blazers Bounce Back, Beat Bulls 124-120

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After a rough loss in Atlanta, Portland prevailed over Chicago in overtime.

NBA: Portland Trail Blazers at Chicago Bulls Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

In yet another Portland Trail Blazers game that came down to the final minutes, the Chicago Bulls forced overtime. But the breaks went in Portland’s way, and the Blazers grabbed a win they desperately needed. Without Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum led the Blazers, with support by most of the roster. Here are a few essentials from tonight’s game.

  • Stealing a win. In their final game without Lillard, the Blazers kept things close all night against the sub-.500 Bulls. Statistically, the teams were fairly close. As you’d expect, it came down to the wire. The Bulls made a few mistakes in the clutch (including forgetting to foul the Blazers with 9 seconds left!), and Portland stole one.
  • Spread the scoring love around. Both teams had at least 6 players score in double-figures, as no player controlled the game until McCollum made big plays in overtime.
  • It wasn’t a must-win, but... On a 3-game road trip, the Blazers never showed up in Atlanta, and head to Cleveland tomorrow night to play a Cavs on two days rest, with Isaiah Thomas back on the court. The Blazers were staring at the risk of an 0-3 road trip when they made the big plays in the final seconds.

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What’s Next

Right back in action tomorrow night, as the Blazers make their annual visit to LeBron James and his Cleveland Cavaliers. But stay tuned for more coverage of tonight’s game from Blazer’s Edge.