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Trail Blazers aren't able to hold off Chicago Bulls after hot start

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This ended up being a close one!

It was all about the three-point shot to start Tuesday’s game.

Portland was rolling early. 

The Blazers started off the game hitting their first four threes against the Chicago Bulls. The threes continued to pour in. Damian Lillard and Robert Covington hit their first two attempts. As a team, Portland went 8-of-15 from long distance in the first quarter as opposed to Chicago’s 2-for-10.  

[RELATED]: Trail Blazers pour in a season-high eight three’s in first quarter vs. Bulls 

Chicago didn't go down without a fight though with seven players scoring in double digits.  

The Trail Blazers weren't able to come up with enough timely stops and buckets down the stretch as the Bulls charged back to take a 111-108 victory.

 

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Carmelo Anthony wasn't able to knock down the game tying three with 2.7 seconds remaining. 

The Blazers did, however, step up the energy of the defensive end early on. 

Portland held a 54-45 lead at the break. The Blazers were also dialed in on the Bulls backcourt of Zach LaVine and Coby White forcing the duo to share the rock, but the Bulls had plenty of scorers step up.

FINAL BOX SCORE: Bulls 111, Trail Blazers 108

The Good: 

The homecourt rims were kind to the Blazers Tuesday night, especially from long distance until the final period. Portland was on fire from three early with nearly every player getting into the action. The Blazers definitely shared the wealth behind the arc.

Plus, Gary Trent Jr. brought the energy once again on the defensive end. He picked up Coby White full court and seemingly disrupted his flow. Carmelo Anthony, who has struggled on that end of the court being a step behind a lot of the times, was very active. When he entered the game he had a couple of quick deflections.

The Bad: 

Portland allowed Chicago to chip away at the lead and make it a game to end the third quarter. Whether it was Otto Porter Jr. or Garrett Temple getting out on the break and hitting from deep – the Bulls fought back. At the end of the third quarter, they were down just four.

Besides Chicago's second half runs, the Blazers were also not at a 100 percent with Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts forced to play an eight-man rotation, with the exception of Harry Giles' five minutes in the second half.

 

Rodney Hood, who was initially listed as questionable for Tuesday’s contest due to a left quad strain, missed his third straight game. 

Coach Stotts said pregame, “he’s doing better but he will not play tonight.”

The Highlight: The first quarter was all about made threes. It was only fitting that Carmelo Anthony beat the first quarter buzzer with a three on the wing.  

But also, we could watch this Derrick Jones Jr. dunk from CJ McCollum over and over again.

The Stat: 

The Bulls outscored the Blazers 30-23 in the fourth quarter. 

Next up: The Trail Blazers (3-4) will face the Minnesota Timberwolves (2-5) Thursday at 7:00 p.m. PST at home on NBCSNW.