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Rapid Reaction: Trail Blazers 99, Bulls 89

CHICAGO -- Let's take a quick look at how the Portland Trail Blazers earned an easy 99-89 win over the Chicago Bulls on Thursday night at the United Center.

How it happened: The Trail Blazers completely dominated this game. Damian Lillard scored 24 points, dished out seven assists and pulled down four rebounds, and LaMarcus Aldridge had 28 points and eight rebounds. J.J. Hickson pulled down 21 rebounds for the Blazers. Joakim Noah led the Bulls with 18 points. Carlos Boozer had 16 points and 11 rebounds.

What it means: The Bulls just stunk Thursday night. The offense struggled to find any rhythm and, aside from Noah and Boozer, the Bulls' starters played terribly. The Bulls, who have now lost six of their past eight games, look as if they are out of gas. Tom Thibodeau's team goes long stretches looking for an offense that can't seem to figure itself out. What has to be most frightening for Thibodeau, aside from the fact that his defense has gotten knocked around in the past few weeks, is that Luol Deng and Marco Belinelli continue to struggle from the field. With or without Derrick Rose, the Bulls aren't going to win many games if those two continue to shoot poorly from the field.

Hits: Taj Gibson had 14 points and nine rebounds in his return. He had missed almost a month because of a sprained MCL in his left knee.

Misses: Deng, Belinelli and Kirk Hinrich were a combined 6-for-24 from the field.

Stat of the night: The Blazers shot 48.8 percent from the field.

What's next: The Bulls take on the Indiana Pacers on Saturday night.