Blazers Within 1 1/2 of Nuggets

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

CHICAGO - (AP) Travis Outlaw had a season-high 33 points, Greg Oden scored 17 while grabbing 13 rebounds, and the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Chicago Bulls 109-95 on Monday night.

It was a good start to the week for the Trail Blazers, who were coming off a rather chaotic one. They found themselves in an old, familiar spot -- the center of controversy -- for sending an e-mail to teams threatening legal action if they signed former forward Darius Miles, but the current players are doing a good job ignoring any distractions.

While Brandon Roy (11 points) and LaMarcus Aldridge (eight points) were rather quiet, Outlaw and Oden were locked in as the Blazers earned their third straight win.

Outlaw finished three points off his career high and tied one by hitting 4-of-5 3-pointers, making one at the end of the first half to cap an 11-2 run that gave Portland a 49-45 lead. Oden dominated in the first half, with 13 points and nine rebounds.

Steve Blake finished with 16 points and 10 assists, and the Blazers prevailed even though Roy hit just 3-of-13 shots in his second game back after missing four with a sore hamstring.

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