PORTLAND, Ore. -- Greg Oden is starting to become a force on the offensive end.
"I'm not saying my game is where it should be, but when I can get good deep post position and overpower people and get good shots up, I definitely want to use my strength," said Oden, who was the first pick of the 2007 NBA Draft.
He missed just one of his eight shots from the field and added 12 rebounds. Portland coach Nate McMillan liked that Oden simply didn't settle for his favorite offensive move, the jump hook.
"He's doing a good job of establishing deep position by being patience," McMillan said.
Portland's 122 points was a season high and the Trail Blazers outrebounded the Bulls 47-27. They held the league's leading rebounder Joakim Noah to only eight boards.
"I definitely was trying to keep Noah off the glass. By doing that, I ended up getting some good put-backs myself," Oden said.
Portland scored a season-high 66 points during the first half by dominating inside and getting to the free-throw line. Four Blazers scored in double figures during the opening half, led by Aldridge's 17 points.
Chicago made its first nine shots in the third quarter and cut its deficit to 80-75. But the Blazers closed the period on a 10-5 spurt to take a 10-point lead heading into the fourth before blowing the game open.
"We have to find a way to polish the game off and finish," said Bulls guard Derrick Rose, who scored 14 points. "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."
|Out of the way, Joakim. It's dunk time for Greg Oden, who ties a career high with 24 points. (US Presswire)|
|Portland (11-5) «||31||35||24||32||122|
|CHI:L. Deng 25 Pts
CHI:J. Noah 8 Reb
CHI:D. Rose 5 Ast
|POR:L. Aldridge 24 Pts
POR:L. Aldridge 13 Reb
POR:B. Roy 7 Ast
|Players of the Game|
|D. Rose, PG||39||7-14||0-0||3||5||4||14|
|L. Deng, SF||37||9-14||5-5||4||2||1||25|
|J. Salmons, SF||35||8-15||5-6||2||3||3||22|
|T. Gibson, PF||34||3-11||0-2||6||2||5||6|
|J. Noah, PF||33||3-6||1-2||8||4||5||7|
|K. Hinrich, PG||22||3-6||0-0||1||0||2||7|
|B. Miller, C||15||0-2||2-2||1||4||4||2|
|J. Pargo, PG||14||4-9||5-5||2||2||2||15|
|J. Johnson, PF||7||0-2||0-0||0||0||1||0|
|L. Hunter, SG||3||0-1||0-0||0||1||1||0|
|T. Thomas, PF||Did Not Play|
|A. Gray, C||Did Not Play|
|J. James, PF||Did Not Play|
|Complete Box Score|
|B. Roy, SG||36||6-13||5-7||2||7||3||18|
|L. Aldridge, PF||36||10-16||3-3||13||3||4||24|
|S. Blake, PG||29||1-3||0-1||5||4||0||3|
|G. Oden, C||27||7-8||10-12||12||1||4||24|
|M. Webster, SG||22||3-10||0-1||4||1||0||6|
|A. Miller, PG||27||3-6||10-11||0||5||1||16|
|R. Fernandez, SG||19||5-7||0-1||3||3||2||13|
|J. Przybilla, C||17||3-3||2-2||3||0||2||8|
|D. Cunningham, SF||14||2-3||0-0||3||0||2||4|
|J. Bayless, PG||11||2-4||0-0||1||0||0||4|
|J. Howard, PF||3||0-0||2-2||1||0||0||2|
|T. Outlaw, SF||Did Not Play|
|N. Batum, SF||Did Not Play|
|P. Mills, PG||Did Not Play|
|J. Pendergraph, PF||Did Not Play|
|Complete Box Score|