Blazers stun Bulls
Jake Layman, Jarnell Stokes and Caleb Swanigan teamed up to lead the shorthanded Trail Blazers to an 88-77, come-from-behind victory over Chicago on Wednesday night in Las Vegas Summer League action.
Layman scored 22 points and grabbed seven rebounds, Stokes collected 16 points and 17 rebounds, and Swanigan had 13 points and nine boards for Portland (2-2), which trailed by 11 points in the second quarter.
The Blazers, going without rookie center Zach Collins (quad) and swing man Pat Connaughton (hamstring), were behind through most of the first half. Chicago led 19-12 after one quarter, 26-15 midway through the second quarter and 41-35 at the half. Portland shot .283 (12 for 41) through intermission.
Portland climbed back to tie the count at 61-61 after three quarters, then outscored the Bulls 27-16 in the final period to win going away. The Blazers knocked down 13 of 22 shots in the second half.
The 6-9 Layman was 8 for 18 from the field, though only 1 for 6 from 3-point range, in his 35 minutes. The 6-6 Stokes, a free agent who has played 28 NBA games with Memphis, Miami and Denver, made 8 of 11 shots and grabbed six offensive boards.
Guard R.J. Hunter made a pair of 3's in the final two minutes to put things away for the Blazers, who will play No. 1 seed Toronto (3-0) at 7 p.m. PT Thursday in a second-round playoff game.
Antonio Blakeney led the Bulls with 27 points and 11 rebounds.