Blazers get emotional boost from Nurkic, then win

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Associated Press

CHICAGO — The Portland Trail Blazers enjoyed a feel-good moment before the game when they got in some FaceTime with Jusuf Nurkic and followed that up with an easy victory. Considering the circumstances, it was definitely not a bad night.

Seth Curry scored a season-high 20 points and the Trail Blazers beat the Chicago Bulls 118-98 Wednesday evening.

Still shaken by Nurkic’s gruesome leg injury that resulted in a fractured left tibia and fibula two nights earlier in a double-overtime home victory over the Brooklyn Nets that secured Portland’s sixth straight playoff appearance, the Blazers made it look easy against a short-handed team.

Curry made four 3-pointers, Rodney Hood added 15 points and Enes Kanter and Zach Collins each had 13 points. Portland won its fifth in a row, even though Damian Lillard scored a season-low 11.

Seeing Nurkic gave them just the lift they needed, even if there were some audio issues.

“It was cool,” Curry said. “It was a little awkward. Unfortunately, we couldn’t hear. The volume wasn’t working, so we couldn’t hear what he was saying. But it was good to let him know we were thinking about him

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