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CHICAGO -- Damian Lillard and the Portland Trail Blazers learned from last months blowout loss to Chicago.They turned that knowledge into their own road win Monday night.Lillard had 30 points and seven assists, CJ McCollum scored 24 and the Trail Blazers beat the Bulls 112-110 for their third consecutive victory.Portland had won five of six before Chicago visited the Moda Center on Nov. 15 and rolled to a 113-88 win. That loss started the Blazers on a bit of a slide, but they are rounding into form again.I think the game in Portland helped us prepare for what kind of game it was going to be, Lillard said. We saw how physical they were. They compete on both ends of the floor. ... We just came in with the right mindset, knowing what to expect.Allen Crabbe added 17 points for Portland, which opened a five-game trip with its fourth win in five games. Maurice Harkless had 11 and Evan Turner finished with 10, providing a nice boost in the fourth quarter.Im really pleased the way we responded after the way they beat us the first time, Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts said.Dwyane Wade scored 34 points for the Bulls, and Jimmy Butler finished with 26 points, seven rebounds and five assists. Robin Lopez had seven points and a season-high 14 rebounds.Chicago played without point guard Rajon Rondo, suspended one game for conduct detrimental to the team. There was no public indication from the Bulls on what triggered Rondos suspension. He is expected to return Tuesday night in Detroit.Hes obviously very important with what we do in this building, coach Fred Hoiberg said. Hes a guy that really gets us out and establishes the tempo for our team, especially in the fourth quarter. Hes important for what we do, but thats not the reason we lost the game.Portland trailed 93-92 before Ed Davis converted a driving layup with 8:19 left, sparking an 11-0 run for the Trail Blazers. Turner made three straight jumpers and Lillard connected from long range to make it 103-93 with 5:55 left.Chicago closed to 108-105 on Nikola Mirotics two foul shots with 1:56 remaining, but Lillard made four free throws in the final seconds to help Portland hold on.We used a lot of energy coming back in the third quarter and then from there we didnt make enough shots, Wade said.Mirotic finished with 18 points and seven rebounds for the Bulls, who have dropped three of four. Isaiah Canaan had 10 points.Lillard scored 17 to help Portland to a 65-57 halftime lead. The Trail Blazers shot 55 percent in the first half, but the Bulls turned it up on defense to get back in the game in the third quarter.Mirotic capped an 18-4 run with two foul shots, giving Chicago a 75-70 lead with 5:44 left. The Bulls had an 87-83 advantage before McCollum made a 3-pointer in the final second of the period, trimming the lead to one heading into the final quarter.AMINUS RETURNPortland forward Al-Farouq Aminu had three points in 17 minutes in his return to the lineup after being sidelined by a left calf injury. Aminu started the first eight games of the season before he got hurt Nov. 8 against Phoenix.You could tell he had a little rust, but it was good to see him back on the court, Stotts said.TIP-INSTrail Blazers: C Mason Plumlee had 10 points, five rebounds, two steals and two blocked shots. ... Portland went 13 for 18 from the free throw line, compared to 33 of 38 for Chicago.Bulls: Wade got his fourth assist in the fourth quarter to reach 5,000 for his career. ... F Doug McDermott practiced with the Windy City Bulls after he was assigned to the D-League for conditioning. McDermott hasnt played since Nov. 11 due to a concussion. Hopefully he has another good day tomorrow and well see what happens with Thursday, Hoiberg said. ... G Michael Carter-Williams, sidelined since Oct. 31 with left wrist and left knee injuries, also could head to the D-League soon. Hoiberg said he thinks Carter-Williams is going to be re-evaluated Tuesday.UP NEXTTrail Blazers: Visit the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night. Portland is 1-4 in Milwaukee over the past five seasons.Bulls: Visit Detroit on Tuesday night for their first game of the season against the Pistons. Chicago dropped three of four to Detroit last season.---Jay Cohen can be reached at Chandler Jones Jersey . "Four now," Carl Gunnarsson told the Leaf Report proudly following a 5-2 victory over New York on Tuesday night, the clubs fifth straight at home. Korey Cunningham Jersey .J. -- Marty Brodeur beat the Pittsburgh Penguins yet again. . What general manager Dave Nonis called "short and productive" negotiations ended with Kessel signing a US$64-million, eight-year contract on Tuesday. Pat Tillman Jersey .ca! Hi Kerry, Heres an interesting one. I know its common knowledge that all players are responsible for their sticks. We witnessed that when Zack Kassian hit Edmontons Sam Gagner in the face after a missed check. Josh Bynes Jersey .4 million title. Ryan Riess emerged with the title after a session in which he started behind, but used expert skill to gather the chips to his side amid the unpredictability of no-limit Texas Hold em. Riess put his final opponent Jay Farber all-in with an Ace-King. Different pitch, different captain, different fieldThe pitch in Kolkata is radically different from the one we witnessed in Kanpur. Theres a fair amount of grass cover on the pitch throughout. While Stephen Fleming was slightly concerned about the cracks on the pitch, it is common knowledge that big cracks dont open up on Indian pitches. Its the smaller cracks that eventually crumble in Indian conditions. Trent Boult started with three slips and a gully to Shikhar Dhawan. Even though he got appreciable swing and movement away from the left-handed batsman, Ross Taylor had placed a fielder at midwicket. Now, the presence of midwicket was a way to encourage him to stay within the stumps for Dhawan.Pujaras form prevails against in-form HenryWhat is form? Form does not guarantee that you will always pick the line and length correctly and that you will always have an apt response to every ball, but the fact that you have an uncluttered mind. First ball of the sixth over, from Matt Henry to Cheteshwar Pujara, was perhaps the best ball of the morning on a couple of counts - the line was such that it was not possible for Pujara to leave it alone but still it was not close enough for him to get close or behind the ball. The length was such that he could neither go forward nor go deep inside the crease.The third ball was another good one outside off that deceived Pujara. If you get beaten twice in three balls, doubts tend to find a way into your game and you become more cautious, and therefore you miss out on scoring opportunities too. But in the same over, Henry pitched a couple of balls fuller to which Pujara responded positively. A flick off the pads and drive down the ground displayed that Pujara had not allowed the two deliveries in the first half of the over to influence his thought process.Boundary-laden India startTake singles and rotate the strike - the most clichéd line you hear from experts discussing the art of batting, but in reality its not as simple. Test matches are often played on pitches that do not allow you to manoeuvre the ball and therefore you either get a boundary or end up playing a dot ball. In addition to the pitchs behaviour, the bowling team also places the field to ensure that rotating strike is not easy. It was not surprising that 28 out of the first 32 runs India scored came in boundaries.Wagners subtle pace variationsThe six balls in the 16th over, from Neil Wagner, were bowled at a fairly different pace. The difference between two consecutive balls was around 5-6 kph. That is a lot. We talk about change of pace only when the bowler slows it down radically but we seldom talk about the change in pace when the bowler cranks it up. On a pitch that is a bit on the slower side, it is imperative to change the pace frequently without compromising on accuracy. Not only did Wagner put extra effort in bowling bouncers but once in a while, he bowled the full and wide balll a little fast too.dddddddddddd Indian batsmen handled it well though.Patels twin variationsTwo balls - one went through straight after pitching, Pujara played for the spin but got the outside edge. Taylor at first slip was standing a little too wide. The cardinal rule while fielding in slips to an offspinner is to stay very close to the keeper. In most cases, the straighter one is expected to induce the edge and therefore is likely to go finer.In Patels next over, the fourth ball spun and bounced after pitching. Did it hit the crack? You could not feel any moisture on the surface in the morning and hence it is only fair to expect that this one hit one of the cracks.Patels shrewd use of an endPatel bowling from the High Court End. Two slips for an offspinner. There is a fielder manning the point boundary but there is no fielder at deep square leg. It is quite an interesting field placement, which is promoted by three factors. First, the ball is skidding and going straight more often. Second, the High Court End assists the ball to drift away from the right-handed batsmen. Third, since Pujara does not play the sweep shot, it makes sense to leave the area unmanned. Rahane is too new at the crease to try the sweep option.One of the better visiting captainsOne over from Mitchell Santner produced five runs, which included a nicely-struck boundary off the back foot by Rahane and thats all it took for Taylor to replace him with Boult. Throughout the day we saw a similar pattern of captaincy from Taylor, and that allowed New Zealand to retain control despite not taking a wicket in more than a session and a half. Most visiting teams disintegrate when a partnership develops but this New Zealand team showed better planning and execution. Same ball, two different Pujara shotsThe highlight of Pujaras batting in this series were the two shots he played today, both off Patel. He prefers playing most of the scoring shots against spinners off the back foot. It was slightly short with a bit of width and Pujara sliced it behind point for a four. A little later he played the same ball a little earlier to ensure that it went a little squarer to beat the fielder at deep point. The ability to hit the same ball to two different places by choosing to play the shot earlier or delaying it makes Pujara a difficult batsman to bowl at as a spinner.Two different new balls, similar behaviourThe first over of the day saw a couple of balls lifting from a good-length spot and the rest barely reaching the keeper from an almost identical length. The same thing happened when the second new ball was taken. The harder new ball with a more pronounced seam has misbehaved a little irrespective of the time of the day. It will be interesting to see if this continues to happen on the second day too. Cheap Authentic Jerseys China Jerseys Wholesale Cheap Authentic Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys 2020 Wholesale Jerseys From China Cheap Jerseys Online Wholesale Jerseys China ' ' '

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