Final

Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 12/20

Game 1: Monday, December 20th
Trail Blazers87Final
Bulls92
Game 2: Wednesday, March 9th
Bulls97Final
Trail Blazers84

Bulls 97

(31-27, 12-16 away)

Trail Blazers 84

(22-37, 14-15 home)

Coverage: CSNC

7:00 PM ET, March 9, 2005

Moda Center, Portland, OR

1 2 3 4 T
CHI 23 17 26 3197
POR 25 20 24 1584

Top Performers

Chicago: E. Curry 25 Pts, 8 Reb, 1 Ast

Portland: S. Abdur-Rahim 22 Pts, 10 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Blk

Chicago reaches highest win total in seven years

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Eddy Curry had 25 points, Kirk Hinrich added 22 and the Chicago Bulls reached their highest win total in seven years with a 97-84 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday night.

Shareef Abdur-Rahim had 22 points and 10 rebounds for the Blazers, who are 0-4 under interim coach Kevin Pritchard.

The Bulls (31-27) surpassed the 30-win mark for the first time since their last championship season of 1997-98. Chicago, which last won in Portland on Jan. 29, 1998, has suffered through six consecutive losing seasons, but appears to be on the way to the playoffs. The Bulls are in sixth place in the Eastern Conference with 24 games left.

The Blazers, headed in the other direction, are making the transition to younger players since the firing of Maurice Cheeks on March. 2.

Second-year player Travis Outlaw had a career-high 17 points, and rookie point guard Sebastian Telfair and Damon Stoudamire added 13 apiece for Portland, which has lost six straight and 11 of 13.

Tyson Chandler had nine points and 13 rebounds and Andres Nocioni scored 14 points for the Bulls.

Curry also had eight rebounds in 33 minutes.

Chicago trailed for most of the game, until Portland wilted in the fourth. The Blazers were plagued by turnovers all night -- finishing with 22 -- and then stagnated on the offensive end in the final 10 minutes.

Hinrich made a jumper to extend the Bulls' lead to 78-73, their largest margin of the game, with 7:30 left. After Portland cut the deficit three, Chris Duhon made a 3-pointer and Nocioni capped a 9-0 run with a dunk to ice the game.

With Zach Randolph and Nick Van Exel sitting out their fourth consecutive games with knee injuries, Portland lacked depth and it showed.

Joel Przybilla, struggling with an 0-of-7 shooting night, played 39 minutes. Telfair, who rarely played more than 20 under Cheeks played 36.

With a 95-90 victory over visiting Milwaukee on Monday, the Bulls ended a three-game losing streak.

Game notes


The Bulls beat Portland 92-87 in Chicago on Dec. 20. ... The Blazers fell to 14-15 at home this season. ... Portland was 27-of-33 from the free-throw line.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
CHI
POR
Points 97 84
FGM-FGA 39-91 (.429) 28-64 (.438)
3PM-3PA 6-16 (.375) 1-5 (.200)
FTM-FTA 13-20 (.650) 27-33 (.818)
Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 15-38 9-42
Assists 22 18
Turnovers 12 23
Steals 12 7
Blocks 2 10
Fast Break Points 8 15
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 23 (2/0) 16 (0/1)
Largest Lead 16 11

Top Performers

Chicago
Portland
Eddy Curry Curry
Points: 25
Reb: 8
Ast: 1
Stl: 0
Blk: 0
Shareef Abdur-Rahim Abdur-Rahim
Points: 22
Reb: 10
Ast: 2
Stl: 0
Blk: 1