Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/18/14
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PORTLAND, Ore. -- Wesley Matthews, Nicolas Batum and LaMarcus Aldridge are the veterans, the guys who are supposed to do the yeoman work for the Portland Trail Blazers. That's precisely what happened Sunday night as the Trail Blazers held off every Chicago challenge in a 102-94 victory over the Bulls at the Rose Garden. Matthews and Batum each scored 21 points, and Aldridge collected 18 points and a team-high 13 rebounds as Portland (5-5) won its third consecutive game. "It's good to be .500," said Terry Stotts, Portland's first-year coach. "The important thing was winning at home and playing well, and the record takes care of itself." Bulls center Joakim Noah filled up the box score with team highs in points (16), rebounds (15) and assists (eight), but Chicago (5-5) lost for second straight night. Matthews score on a put-back and a 3-pointer to give Portland a 93-81 lead with 1:26 to go, but the Bulls clawed back to within 98-94 with 13.9 seconds left before the Blazers p...
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