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Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2010

Deng torches Blazers in career-best outing

CHICAGO (AP) Luol Deng might lead the NBA in scoring if the Bulls played the Trail Blazers more often.

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Out of reach: Chicago's Joakim Noah (right) stretches for the ball during the Bulls' 110-98 win over the Blazers on Monday. AP PHOTO

Deng scored a career-high 40 points to lead Chicago to a 110-98 victory over Portland on Monday night. Deng's previous career best of 38 points, on March 26, 2007, also came against the Trail Blazers.

"I think it's just a coincidence," said Deng. "We just shot the ball well. We moved it and shot it well. You're going to get shots in different places (in our offense), so you've got to be ready."

Deng scored 16 points in the first and third quarters and shot 14-for-19 from the floor in the game. He passed his previous career high with a 3-pointer from the corner with 5:48 to play. The shot put the Bulls up 101-84.

"During the first two games, (Deng) didn't shoot the ball well, but I thought he played well," said Chicago coach Tom Thibodeau. "He's moving without the ball, he's cutting hard, he's making the extra pass and he's playing really good defense. Tonight, he was terrific offensively. His body was in (constant) motion and he got out and ran the floor well."

Derrick Rose, who entered the game as the NBA's leading scorer, added 16 points and 13 assists for the Bulls (2-1). The assist total matched his previous career high set against Utah last March.

"My whole goal was to see how I could control the game," Rose said. "They were keeping two people on me, so I had to pass the ball. Tonight, we were knocking in shots."

The Trail Blazers entered the game 3-0, with all three of their victories coming as a result of fourth-quarter comebacks. Portland outscored opponents 85-49 in the final quarters of its first three games, but was unable to mount a sustained rally against the Bulls.

"We just didn't have it tonight," said Blazers center Marcus Camby. "It would have been great to go undefeated but we lost tonight."

Portland climbed out of a nine-point hole with a 17-3 run to finish its game in New York on Friday night. This time, reserves Dante Cunningham and Armon Johnson scored on layups on back-to-back possessions to cut Chicago's lead to nine with 3:51 to play.

LaMarcus Aldridge scored a season-high 33 points for Portland (3-1), almost single-handedly keeping the Blazers in the game through three quarters.

Spurs 97, Clippers 88

In Los Angeles, San Antonio beat the Clippers for the 17th straight time as the the hosts fell to 0-4.

Tony Parker had 19 points and nine assists for the Spurs, while Richard Jefferson scored 18 points.

San Antonio's reserves outscored their Clippers counterparts 25-0 before Al-Farouq Aminu got the first points by the Los Angeles bench in the fourth quarter.

Kings 111, Raptors 108

In Sacramento, the hosts rallied in the fourth quarter to defeat Toronto.

The Kings have won their past five home openers.

Tyreke Evans scored 23 points to lead Sacramento.

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