After the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Chicago Bulls by 21 points last month, you knew tonight’s game was going to be a fight. It sure wasn’t pretty. Blake Griffin shooting 3-pointers? Lamar Odom playing until the end of the game? Good God, what has this world come to?
But in the end, the Clippers were able to embrace the ugly and defeat the Bulls 94-89 in yet another exciting game.
The Clippers had a slow start, shooting a dismal 30% from the field in the first quarter. In fact, they really weren’t that great from the outside tonight in general. But they came alive in the second quarter, going on a 15-5 run to end the half. The Clippers crowded the passing lanes, capitalizing on points off turnovers and building momentum with some huge dunks.
But the Bulls weren’t about to let them get away so easily. The Bulls hit some big 3-pointers in the third quarter, and it seemed for a bit that they had found the weakness in the Clippers’ defense that has been haunting them all season. But the Clippers were able to play big under the basket, putting bodies on players and rebounding when it counted. It was a bitter fight until the end, but the Clippers emerged victorious for their 7th-straight win (something that hasn’t been done since the ’91-’92 season). To put that in perspective: George H.W. Bush was in office, Bryan Adams was at the top of the Billboard charts, and I would have been typing this article on a typewriter.
For the Clippers, Blake Griffin led the team with 22 points and 10 rebounds. Chris Paul put up 18 points and 4 assists, and Matt Barnes followed with 14 points.
For the Bulls, Carlos Boozer led the team with 24 points and 13 rebounds. Marco Belinelli followed with 18 points, 7 rebounds, and 5 assists.
Paul made it very clear after the game that this road trip would not be a repeat of their 1-3 road trip earlier this season. Tomorrow’s game against the Charlotte Bobcats will put Paul’s prediction to the test.
Final thought: what is more awkward than watching Joakim Noah shoot free throws? Literally nothing.