Before the game started, Tyson Chandler was pumped up.
"I was pacing back and forth. I really wanted to be on the floor," the 20-year-old Chicago Bulls center said.
Once there, Chandler channeled that energy and enthusiasm into his finest performance since he jumped to the NBA out of high school.
He had 27 points and 18 rebounds -- both career highs -- as the Bulls beat the Portland Trail Blazers 102-87 last night, snapping the visitors' eight-game winning streak.
"It makes me want to work on my game all the more," Chandler said. "Hopefully I can come back and have another game like this."
Jalen Rose scored 32 points, 11 in the final quarter, as the Bulls snapped a three-game losing streak against the weary Trail Blazers, who were playing their fourth game in five nights.
Chandler scored the Bulls' first seven points and had 13 in the first quarter, finishing the first half with 20 points and 10 rebounds as Chicago never trailed.
"Tyson really played a complete game. He had great energy, shooting, rebounding. He did it all," Bulls Coach Bill Cartwright said. "For the first time, he was able to play for the full course of the game."
Portland got 15 points from Scottie Pippen. Rasheed Wallace and Bonzi Wells added 14 each for the Blazers.
"Chandler played as well as he can. He showed what he's capable of. He dominated the game in the first half," Portland Coach Maurice Cheeks said.
Chicago led by 16 early in the second quarter before Pippen brought the Blazers back, hitting three jumpers and scoring seven points in a 10-0 run that cut the lead to six. Pippen had 12 points in the first half on 5-of-5 shooting.
Portland was within four with 1 minute 38 seconds left in the half before the Bulls scored the final seven points, including a thunderous slam by Chandler on a break that made it 57-46.
Rose hit three straight baskets, including a three-pointer, as the Bulls went ahead by 18 in the third quarter.
But Portland got a lift from its reserves and two offensive rebound baskets by Arvydas Sabonis capped a 20-7 run as the Blazers got within 77-72 with a quarter remaining.
In the final period, the Blazers were too tired to keep up. "We realized we were pretty much out of gas early on," Pippen said. "We didn't have it. They came out with a lot of energy and kept the pressure on us."
Pippen got a warm ovation when introduced and was honored with a video tribute in the first quarter. A part of six NBA championship teams with the Bulls, he says he might play two more years. "I don't think this is the last time you'll see me in [United Center]," he said.
* CELTICS 96, GRIZZLIES 89: Antoine Walker scored nine of his 33 points in a decisive third-quarter run and carried Boston at home.
Walker, who was battling the flu, tied his season high in scoring and had 11 rebounds. Walter McCarty added 16 points, Paul Pierce 15 and Tony Delk had 11 for the Celtics, who snapped a three-game losing streak.
Pau Gasol led the Grizzlies with 18 points. Gordan Giricek had 17, Lorenzen Wright 15 and Shane Battier 11. Memphis dropped to 1-13 on the road this season.
* PACERS 89, HORNETS 86: Reggie Miller scored 17 of his 21 points in the second half as Indiana overcame a 10-point halftime deficit to win in New Orleans.
Brad Miller added 20 points and 10 rebounds for Indiana, which handed New Orleans its fifth-straight loss and third straight at home. The Hornets had won their first 11 games at home.
Jamal Mashburn finished with 24 points, while Jamaal Magloire had 15 points and 10 rebounds. Elden Campbell added 14 for New Orleans and David Wesley scored 11, including three three-pointers. But the Hornets were without guard Baron Davis, their best penetrator, who left with back spasms nine minutes into the game.
* 76ERS 83, CLIPPERS 75: Allen Iverson scored 27 points as Philadelphia earned its first road victory in a month.
The 76ers snapped a six-game road losing streak that included three consecutive defeats on their current six-game trip.
Keith Van Horn had 19 points and 13 rebounds and scored most of Philly's key baskets in the final four minutes to preserve the victory.
* ROCKETS 103, BUCKS 80: Steve Francis had 26 points and Cuttino Mobley added 19 in Houston.
Yao Ming scored 16 points and had eight rebounds as Houston improved to 9-3 against Eastern Conference teams.
Sam Cassell led the Bucks with 22 points.