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Chandler has career night as Bulls cruise

12/31/2002

CHICAGO (AP) -- Before the game started, Tyson Chandler was
pumped up.

"I was pacing back and forth. I really wanted to be on the
floor,'' the 20-year-old Chicago Bulls center said.

Once there, Chandler channeled that energy and enthusiasm into
his finest performance since he jumped to the NBA right out of high
school.

He had 27 points and 18 rebounds -- both career highs -- as the
Bulls beat the Portland 102-87 Tuesday night, snapping the Trail
Blazers' eight-game winning streak.

"It makes me want to work on my game all the more,'' Chandler
said. "Hopefully I can come back and have another game like
this.''

Jalen Rose scored 32 points, 11 in the final quarter, as the
Bulls snapped a three-game losing streak against the weary Trail
Blazers, who were playing their fourth game in five nights.

Chandler scored the Bulls' first seven points and had 13 in the
first quarter, finishing the first half with 20 points and 10
rebounds as Chicago never trailed.

"Tyson really played a complete game. He had great energy,
shooting, rebounding. He did it all,'' Bulls coach Bill Cartwright
said. "For the first time, he was able to play for the full course
of the game.''

Portland got 15 points from Scottie Pippen. Rasheed Wallace and
Bonzi Wells added 14 each for the Blazers.

"Chandler played as well as he can. He showed what he's capable
of. He dominated the game in the first half,'' Portland coach
Maurice Cheeks said.

Chicago led by 16 early in the second quarter before Pippen
brought the Blazers back, hitting three jumpers and scoring seven
points in a 10-0 run that cut the lead to six. Pippen had 12 points
in the first half on 5-of-5 shooting.

Portland was within four with 1:38 left in the half before the
Bulls scored the final seven points of the half, including a
thunderous slam by Chandler on a break that made it 57-46.

Rose hit three straight baskets, including a 3-pointer, as the
Bulls went ahead by 18 in the third quarter.

But Portland got a lift from its bench and two offensive rebound
baskets by Arvydas Sabonis capped a 20-7 run as the Blazers got
within 77-72 with a quarter remaining.

In the final period, the Blazers were too tired to keep up.

"We realized we were pretty much out of gas early on,'' Pippen
said. "We didn't have it. They came out with a lot of energy and
kept the pressure on us.''

For three straight games, Chandler has faced three of the best
players in the league. On Tuesday night he went up against Wallace
and in the previous two was matched up against Tim Duncan and Kevin
Garnett.

"It just shows me what I need to do at this level,'' Chandler
said.

Game notes
Pippen got a warm ovation when introduced and was honored
with a video tribute in the first quarter. A part of six NBA
championship teams with the Bulls, he says he might play two more
years. "I don't think this is the last time you'll see me in this
building,'' he said. ... Donyell Marshall scored 12 points before
leaving in the third quarter after being elbowed in the chest and
suffering bruised ribs. ... Bulls guard Jamaal Crawford missed the
game with a sprained ankle. ... After facing Pippen, the Bulls get
a look at Michael Jordan when the Washington Wizards play at the
United Center on Thursday. ... Chandler entered the game averaging
7.6 points and 4.8 rebounds.