LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 30: Derrick Rose #1 of the Chicago Bulls and Chris Paul #3 of the Los Angeles Clippers set for a play at Staples Center on December 30, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Clippers Lose Home Opener To Derrick Rose, Bulls

Blake Griffin scored 34 points and grabbed 13 rebounds for the Clippers in defeat.

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Clippers Vs. Bulls: Derrick Rose Nearly Gets Triple Double As Clips Lose Home Opener 114-101

Derrick Rose scored 29 points, dished out 16 assists, and grabbed eight rebounds on Friday night, as the Chicago Bulls pulled away from the Los Angeles Clippers 114-101 at Staples Center. The game was tied at 77-77 with 2:39 remaining in the third quarter but the Bulls went on a 26-11 run over the next nine minutes to help cement the win. Rose scored 18 of his 29 points in the second half.

Blake Griffin scored 34 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in the loss. Chris Paul had his first double-double as a Clipper, with 15 points and 14 assists, with four steals. Mo Williams added 13 points in 33 minutes starting in place of Chauncey Billups, who sat out Friday night with a strained right groin. All five starters for the Clippers scored in double figures.

The Bulls outrebounded the Clippers 45-31, and had 29 assists for their 39 field goals made, shooting 50.0% on the night.

The Clippers will look to snap their two-game losing streak on Sunday night as they host the Portland Trail Blazers at Staples Center.

For more Clippers news and information, be sure to read Clips Nation.

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Clippers Vs. Bulls Halftime Score: Derrick Rose First Half Double-Double Gives Chicago 57-52 Lead

In an exciting opening 24 minutes at Staples Center, the stars did not disappoint, as the Chicago Bulls took a 57-52 lead over the Los Angeles Clippers at halftime. Blake Griffin had 15 points and eight rebounds in the first half for the Clippers. Derrick Rose had a double-double in the opening half with 11 points and 10 assists, scoring all 11 of his points in the first quarter.

Chauncey Billups did not start Friday thanks to a right groin strain, but that didn't stop the public address announcer from introducing Billups in the starting lineup...as Mo Williams walked onto the court. Williams scored eight points, grabbed two rebounds, and dished out three assists in the opening half.

Chris Paul scored seven points, had five assists and two steals in the first half for the Clippers, playing their first home game of the season. Los Angeles shot 56.4% (22 for 39) in the first half, including four of seven three-pointers.

Richard Hamilton scored 12 points to lead the Bulls, who shot 48.9% (22 for 45) in the first 24 minutes. Chicago led 29-28 after the first quarter.

For more Clippers news and information, be sure to read Clips Nation.

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Clippers vs. Bulls Starting Lineups: Chauncey Billups Will Not Play With Sore Right Groin

The Los Angeles Clippers are making their home debut against the Chicago Bulls on Friday night and they will do so without starting shooting guard Chauncey Billups. The veteran guard has been battling a sore right groin injury for the last few days and was considered a game-time decision. After shoot around took place at Staples Center, Billups briefly updated the media.

With Billups unlikely to play, fans should expect Mo Williams or Randy Foye to make the start. For the Clippers, the starting lineup will be Chris Paul, Williams or Foye, Caron Butler, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan. For the Bulls, who are playing back-to-back road games, they will go with Derrick Rose, Rip Hamilton, Luol Deng, Carlos Boozer and Joakim Noah.

Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m. from Los Angeles. For more, head on over to Clips Nation to discuss the team with other Clipper fans.

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