NBA: Portland 100, Chicago 89

March 16, 2012 at 11:05 PM
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CHICAGO, March 16 (UPI) -- LaMarcus Aldridge helped Portland pull away in the fourth quarter and scored 21 points Friday, sending the Trail Blazers to a 100-89 win over Chicago.

Portland was playing for the first time since the team fired Coach Nate McMillan, traded starters Gerald Wallace and Marcus Camby and waived injury-prone former No. 1 draft pick Greg Oden.

The Trail Blazers were a point behind heading into the final period, but outscored the Bulls during the last 12 minutes 22-10. Chicago played without Derrick Rose for the second straight game.

Wesley Matthews had 18 points for Portland while hitting four 3-pointers. The Trail Blazers were 11-of-21 from beyond the arc.

Portland is 2-4 on a seven-game road trip that concludes Sunday in Oklahoma City.

Carlos Boozer led Chicago with 22 points and 14 rebounds. The Bulls had won three in a row.

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