Bulls drop another, 103-95 to Blazers as Rose sits again.

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Damian Lillard scored 31 points and the Portland Trail Blazers won for the 16th time in 20 games, beating the short-handed Bulls 103-95 on Saturday night.Lillard hit the 30-point mark for the sixth time in seven games, and Mason Plumlee added 16 points and nine rebounds. Gerald Henderson scored 13 and the Trail Blazers got back to winning after blowing a 21-point lead in a loss to Houston two nights earlier.Portland led by 10 at halftime and hung on to hand the Bulls their second loss in two nights.The Bulls got a triple-double from Pau Gasol along with big performances from E’Twaun Moore and Doug McDermott, but came up short with Derrick Rose (sore right hamstring) missing his third straight game.Gasol had 22 points, 16 rebounds and a career-high 14 assists. Moore scored all but two of his 19 in the second half. McDermott scored 18, his career-best fifth straight game in double digits, and Bobby Portis added 10 points and 16 rebounds for the Bulls.After McDermott hit three free throws to cut Portland’s lead to 86-83 with 7:15 remaining, Henderson nailed a 3-pointer for the Blazers. Lillard then flipped in a baseline floater as he got fouled by Tony Snell and hit the free throw with 6:20 left. NOTES—-Chicago product Cliff Alexander said he was excited to return home even if he was inactive. ”Everybody wanted tickets to the game. I couldn’t give everybody tickets,” he said. ”I have 13. My mom, dad, grandma, my high school coaches.” A top recruit, he played a year at Kansas before signing with Portland as an undrafted free agent last summer. Alexander has appeared in just seven games for the Trail Blazers…..There was a moment of silence before the game for Eddie Einhorn, a Bulls board member and minority owner of the White Sox. Einhorn died Tuesday following complications from a stroke. … Coach Fred Hoiberg said Rose is improving but still experiencing pain when he ”tries to explode off” his leg. … G Jimmy Butler got an encouraging report on his strained left knee, with an MRI showing the swelling is subsiding. Butler has been sidelined since Feb. 5…..The Bulls are at Miami on Tuesday.

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