CHICAGO — Luol Deng scored a career-high 40 points to lead the Chicago Bulls to a 110-98 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday night.
Deng scored 16 points in the first and third quarters and shot 14-of-19 from the floor in the game. He passed his previous career best of 38 with a 3-pointer from the corner with 5:48 to play. The shot put the Bulls up 101-84. He had 38 points against the Blazers on March 26, 2007.
Derrick Rose, who entered the game as the NBA's leading scorer, added 16 points and 12 assists for Chicago (2-1).
The Trail Blazers entered the game 3-0, with all three of their victories coming as a result of fourth quarter comebacks. Was another rally in the offing?
Not this time. Kyle Korver's 3-pointer with 3:01 to play put Chicago up 105-92 and the Blazers weren't able to get closer than 12 points after that.
LaMarcus Aldridge scored a season-high 33 points for Portland (3-1), almost single-handedly keeping the Blazers in the game through three quarters. Aldridge was originally drafted by the Bulls in 2006 but was traded the same day in a deal that sent fellow draftee Tyrus Thomas to Chicago.
Brandon Roy added 17 points for the Blazers on 4-of-12 shooting.
Deng scored 16 points in the first quarter, much of it coming in transition, where Bulls outscored the Trail Blazers 12-0 and built a 32-21 lead. The Blazers entered the game as the NBA's top three-point shooting team, but went 0-for-3 from there in the opening period and 0-of-14 in the game.
Chicago's Joakim Noah, who entered the game as the NBA's top rebounder in the season's early going, had 10 points and 10 rebounds in 42 minutes.
KINGS 111, RAPTORS 108: At Sacramento, Tyreke Evans scored 23 points and the Kings rallied in the fourth quarter to defeat the Raptors. The Kings, who won three of their first four games for the first time since the 2003-04 season, have won their last five home openers. Beno Udrih scored 17 points, rookie DeMarcus Cousins had 16 points, and Omri Casspi had 14 for the Kings. Andrea Bargnani scored 28 points for the Raptors and DeMar DeRozan had 24. Linas Kleiza had 18 points, Jose Calderon scored 13 and Reggie Evans collected 19 rebounds.
SPURS 97, CLIPPERS 88: At Los Angeles, Tony Parker led five Spurs in double figures with 19 points and nine assists in San Antonio's win. Richard Jefferson had 18 points, while Gary Neal had 16 points off the bench. Manu Ginobili and Tim Duncan had 14 points apiece. Eric Gordon led the Clippers with 23 points.
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