Greg Oden and LaMarcus Aldridge split the scoring duties with 24 apiece as their Portland Trail Blazers took down the Chicago Bulls 122-98 last night at Rose Garden. Oden, after struggling with injuries all last season, is finally showing signs of the man the Blazers expected to see when selecting him in the 2007 NBA Draft.
“I’m not saying my game is where it should be,” said Oden. “But when I can get good deep post position and overpower people and get good shots up, I definitely want to use my strength.” The big man finished the night 7-for-8 from the field with 12 rebounds.
Yesterday’s contest was tight through the first three quarters. The final block featured a 32-18 Trail Blazers take over to win in convincing fashion. “We have to find a way to polish the game off and finish,” said Bulls guard Derrick Rose. “It’s very hard to rebound when you have someone like 6-foot-6, 6-7 boxing out 7-footers. We have to find a way to get rebounds and run.”
The Bulls are next scheduled away at Utah to matchup with the Jazz on Thursday, November 26th. Portland will make their way back home to host the winless New Jersey Nets on Wednesday.