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Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2009

Oden finding game in paint

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Greg Oden is starting to become a force on the offensive end.

Oden tied a career high with 24 points and LaMarcus Aldridge also had 24 to help the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Chicago Bulls 122-98 on Monday night.

"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 patient," McMillan said.

The Blazers had five players score in double figures. Brandon Roy had 18 points, seven rebounds and seven assists, while Andre Miller scored 16 and Rudy Fernandez 13.

Luol Deng scored 25 points and John Salmons added 22 for the Bulls.

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 just 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.

Spurs 112, Bucks 98

In San Antonio, Tim Duncan had 24 points and 12 rebounds as the Spurs halted Milwaukee's three-game winning streak.

Matt Bonner had 23 points off the bench and the Spurs won consecutive games for only the second time this season.

Ersan Illyasova led Milwaukee with 20 points.

Grizzlies 116, Kings 105

In Memphis, Rudy Gay scored 24 points and O.J. Mayo added 20 as Memphis sent Sacramento to its fourth straight loss.

Marc Gasol finished with 18 points and four blocks for Memphis, which won for the fourth time in the last five games.

Rookie Tyreke Evans led the Kings with 28 points.

Clippers 91, T-Wolves 87

In Los Angeles, Al Thornton scored 31 points and Baron Davis made a clinching layup with 8.5 seconds remaining after missing his first nine shots to help Los Angeles beat Minnesota, extending the Timberwolves' losing streak to 13 games.

Rookie Jonny Flynn led Minnesota with 17 points.

Nelson stricken

OAKLAND , Calif. (AP) Golden State Warriors coach Don Nelson has pneumonia and isn't traveling with the team for two games in Texas.

The 69-year-old Nelson, the second-winningest coach in NBA history, missed practice Sunday and again Monday. The team said he had been diagnosed with pneumonia and would miss Golden State's games Tuesday at Dallas and Wednesday at San Antonio.

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