With Wallace sidelined with a sprained ankle, the Trail Blazers
got 19 points from Derek Anderson, blocked 11 shots and had three
players get double-figure rebounds to pull out an 87-78 win Friday
"It's just something to build on, that's all," said Anderson,
playing in just his third game all season because of back problems.
"I've got to keep myself from getting too high until it's time
for us to get back to winning."
Portland broke a four-game losing streak and won on the road for
just the second time in 15 tries this season.
But Anderson gave the Trail Blazers some stability on offense,
scoring his 19 points in just 17 minutes.
"It was nice to get Derek back in there. He drives to the
basket and gets to the line. He shoots the ball well and his
driving gives us a different dimension," Portland coach Maurice
Cheeks said, noting that Anderson was 10-of-13 from the line.
Portland used a 9-0 run in the fourth quarter, including four
points from Davis, and built an eight-point lead with just under
five minutes left.
The Bulls got 21 points from Jamal Crawford, who could be on the
trading block, according a published report. Antonio Davis had 15
rebounds but the Bulls were booed loudly as they left the court
after the game.
"Right now, it's one step forward and two steps backward,"
Antonio Davis said. "With a coaching change and young players, you
are always going to be in an uphill battle. We have to stay on top
Chicago went up by seven in the third quarter when Crawford
scored the Bulls' first nine points in the period and then fed
Kendall Gill for a layup.
The Bulls led 42-37 at the end of a low-scoring first half
despite shooting just 30 percent. The Blazers had 13 turnovers in
the first half.
The Bulls shot just 32 percent for the game.
Wallace, who had started 32 of 33 games, sprained his left
ankle in Thursday night's loss to Minnesota. Dale Davis, who missed
the Minnesota game when he had travel problems, did not start.
Qyntel Woods and Vladimir Stepania started in place of Wallace and
Dale Davis. ... Portland overcame 21 turnovers with its strong
inside play. ... Marcus Fizer of the Bulls missed the game because
of flu. ... Scottie Pippen, who returned to the Bulls this season
after spending the previous four years with the Blazers, went in
the Portland locker room before the game to say hello to old
teammates. Pippen is on the injured list after knee surgery. ...
Eddy Curry struggled again, making just 1-of-9 field goal attempts