Blake Griffin Leads Clippers Over Bulls For Second Straight Road Win

After losing 15 straight games on the road, the Clippers have now won two straight.

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Clippers Vs. Bulls: Missed Free Throw Gives L.A. 100-99 Win

Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Blake Griffin knocked down the deciding free throw with 42.5 seconds remaining and the Los Angeles Clippers held on for a 100-99 victory over the Chicago Bulls at United Center. Chicago scored six straight points to end the game, but Derrick Rose made only 1-of-2 free throws with 0.8 seconds remaining, ending the comeback. Griffin, the early favorite to win Rookie of the Year, earned his 15th straight double-double with 29 points and 12 rebounds for the Clippers, who won their second road game in as many nights.

Baron Davis scored 16 and dished out seven assists and Eric Gordon supplied 15 points for Los Angeles, who gave head coach Vinny Del Negro a win in his return to Chicago. "All the wins are great," stated Del Negro. "Obviously this one is a little bit more special just because it's Chicago. The credit goes to our players. It's a back-to-back game for us, I thought they had great effort." Rose had a game-high 34 points with eight assists and Carlos Boozer scored 25, but the Bulls had their seven-game winning streak snapped.

Davis' driving layup with 1:08 remaining gave the Clippers a 99-91 advantage, but Boozer's layup cut the LA lead to six. Griffin was fouled at the other end and made 1-of-2 from the line with 42.5 seconds left for the final Clipper points. Rose drove for a layup, was fouled and converted the three-point play at 38.3 to start a 6-0 run and make it a two-possession game. The Clippers worked the ball to midcourt, but Chicago's Luol Deng forced a steal that bounced off Gordon's foot, regaining possession for the Bulls.

On the next possession, Rose was driving to the basket, but dished to Boozer at the last second for a short layup with 31.2 seconds remaining to make it a two-point game. After LA missed a layup, Rose charged into the lane on the right side and was fouled attempting a floating layup with 0.8 seconds left. After making the first free throw, Rose bounced the second one off the front iron to end the comeback attempt one point short.

"I felt it," stated Rose regarding the last free throw. "I felt it come a little bit short. I have to get past this as a player. I have to know if I am put in that situation I can knock them down." The first quarter was a battle of the forwards as Boozer and Griffin paced their respective teams in scoring -- Boozer had 11, Griffin 10 -- and the Bulls took a 31-28 lead into the second. Rasual Butler scored 11 points off the bench in the second quarter to lead the Clippers to a 61-53 advantage at the half.

The third quarter was all about Rose, who scored 15 of Chicago's 23 points in the 12 minutes. However, the Bulls were only able to take a point off the Clippers' advantage, pulling within 83-76 heading into the final stanza. Deng finished with 17 points and eight rebounds for the Bulls...Del Negro coached Chicago from 2008-2010, before being fired last offseason...The Clippers won the rebound battle 38-37...Craig Smith and Butler finished with 13 and 11 points, respectively, off the bench for LA.

 

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Clippers Vs. Bulls: Blake Griffin Takes Road Show To Chicago

(Sports Network) - The Chicago Bulls shoot for their season-high eighth straight win tonight when they open up a brief two-game homestand by welcoming Vinny Del Negro and the Los Angeles Clippers to the United Center. Carlos Boozer scored a season-high 34 points and grabbed 12 rebounds on Wednesday, as the streaking Bulls dominated the Toronto Raptors, 110-93, at Air Canada Centre. It was not all good news for the Bulls, however, as the team leaned that star center Joakim Noah needed surgery to repair torn ligaments in his right thumb. Noah, who had 11 points and 11 rebounds in 26 minutes of action on against the Raptors, is expected miss the next eight to 10 weeks.

"It's a long-term decision," Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau said. "I am confident that we have more than enough players to get through this." Luol Deng tallied 19 points for Chicago, which got 13 points from Kyle Korver. Derrick Rose played through multiple injuries, including a sprained right wrist, and chipped in with six points and 11 assists. The Bulls, who will also face Philadelphia on its quick residency, are an impressive 10-2 in the Windy City this year.

The Clippers, meanwhile, are hoping to build on their first road win of the season, a 109-88 triumph over Detroit at The Palace on Friday. Blake Griffin put together his 14th consecutive double-double with 24 points and 17 rebounds in that one for Los Angeles, which won for the first time in 12 tries on the road this season and ended a 15-game skid as the visitor dating back to last year. Ryan Gomes added 18 points, while Eric Gordon chipped in with 15 points and six assists for the Clippers.

"We just came out aggressively tonight, but more importantly in the third quarter," Gomes said. "That first five minutes of the third, we kind of turned it up. We got stops and we got scores and that is what opened the door for us and put more pressure on them to execute better. I think that everyone contributed on the offensive end but it is most important that we do well on the defensive end."

Tonight's game, the finale of a three-game trek for LA, marks the return of Clips coach Del Negro to the United Center. Del Negro coached in Chicago the previous two seasons in which the Bulls finished 41-41 and lost in the first round of the playoffs in each of those years. "I'm very proud of the job that my staff and myself did in Chicago for two years," Del Negro said. LA swept the home-and-home season a year ago and Chicago did the same in 2008-09.

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