Rapid Reaction: Trail Blazers 102, Bulls 94

November, 18, 2012
11/18/12
10:36
PM CT
Friedell By Nick Friedell
ESPNChicago.com
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PORTLAND, Ore. -- Let's take a quick look at how the Portland Trail Blazers earned a 102-94 over the Chicago Bulls on Sunday night at the Rose Garden.

How it happened: Wes Matthews scored 21 points to lead the Blazers to victory. Nicolas Batum added 21 points while LaMarcus Aldridge poured in 18 points and grabbed 13 rebounds. Every Blazers' starter scored in double figures. Joakim Noah nearly had a triple double for the Bulls with 16 points, 15 rebounds and eight assists, but it wasn't enough on this night.

What it means: The Bulls just can't create consistent offense right now. No matter which group of players is on the court, the Bulls struggle to score enough points to win games on most nights. The problem is multi-faceted for Tom Thibodeau. First and foremost, his bench just isn't producing the way he would like. Aside from Taj Gibson, who has had plenty of struggles of his own in the first month of the season, Thibodeau has no idea which player to turn to on his bench. For the second night in a row, the Bulls got crushed in the second quarter when the reserves played a large chunk of minutes.

Secondly, the Bulls' point guard play just hasn't been good. Kirk Hinirch continues to have problems finding his shot and Nate Robinson continues to have problems getting the Bulls into their offense. For a team that is already having problems offensively, it's a lethal combination -- especially considering that, on the second night of a back-to-back, the Bulls didn't have the typical fire that Thibodeau always preaches about.

Hits: Rip Hamilton had a solid night from the field, scoring 15 points in 22 minutes.

Misses: Carlos Boozer scored just four points. He was 2-for-8 from the field and played just 22 minutes.

Stat of the night: The Bulls outscored the Blazers 52-30 in the paint … and still lost.

What's next: The Bulls have a few days off before facing off against the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night. It will be the first time the Bulls have seen Omer Asik since he signed with the Rockets over the summer.

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Nick Friedell is the Chicago Bulls beat reporter for ESPN Chicago. Friedell is a graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University and joined ESPNChicago.com for its launch in April 2009.

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Derrick Rose
PTS AST STL MIN
15.9 4.3 0.5 31.1
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsJ. Noah 11.3
AssistsJ. Noah 5.4
StealsJ. Butler 1.9
BlocksJ. Noah 1.5