Blazers outplay Bulls at the end
The Trail Blazers stole another game Monday night, finishing strong and taking advantage of numerous Chicago Bulls errors to win 124-120 in overtime at United Center.
All five starters scored in double figures for Portland, as did reserve Pat Connaughton.
CJ McCollum led the way with 32 points, six in OT.
Al-Farouq Aminu had 24 points, Evan Turner 22, Connaughton 16 and Jusuf Nurkic and Shabazz Napier 11 apiece.
The Blazers (19-17) played their fifth consecutive game without injured point guard Damian Lillard (right hamstring strain).
Portland had a two-game win streak snapped on Saturday, falling at Atlanta, where 20 turnovers and 1-for-12 second-half 3-point shooting helped the Hawks stage a big rally.
This time, the Blazers stayed close in the second half, then made their move, and Chicago missed or messed up on key possessions down the stretch.
The Bulls (13-24) are 10-4over their past 14 games, but they coughed up another one after suffering a disappointing 114-110 loss to Washington on Sunday.
The Blazers led 31-23 after one quarter, boosted by starting small forward Turner's 10 points on 5-for-6 field-goal shooting.
Chicago had a 53-52 edge at the half.
Turner was at 14 points (7 for 9), and Connaughton had 11 points.
Through three quarters, the Bulls were on top, 87-83.
Aminu hit two 3s late in the fourth quarter that helped Portland come from behind.
A floating drive by McCollum tied the score at 112-112 with 53.3 seconds remaining.
After a Chicago self-inflicted turnover, McCollum missed inside, and the Bulls missed a 3.
Portland was able to play for thelast shot, but McCollum missed a midrange 2.
In overtime, quick 3's by Aminu amd Turner gave Portland a four-point lead.
McCollum hit from inside to break a 120-120 tie with 56.5 seconds left.
The Bulls missed a 2 in the closing seconds, then had to foul.
With 3.3 seconds to go, McCollum all but put the game away with two free throws.
NBA Western Conference standings
Golden State 29-8, —
Houston 26-9, 2
San Antonio 25-12, 4
Minnesota 24-14, 5 1/2
Oklahoma City 20-17, 9
Denver 19-17, 9 1/2
Portland 19-17, 9 1/2
New Orleans 18-18, 10 1/2
L.A. Clippers 16-19, 12
Utah 16-21, 13
Phoenix 14-24, 15 1/2
Dallas 13-25, 16 1/2
Sacramento 12-24, 16 1/2
Memphis 12-25, 17
L.A. Lakers 11-25, 17 1/2