Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Rapid Reaction: Clippers 94, Bulls 89
By Nick Friedell
CHICAGO -- Let's take a quick look at how the Los Angeles Clippers earned a 94-89 win over the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday night at the United Center.
How it happened: Blake Griffin racked up 22 points and 10 rebounds, including several highlight-reel dunks, as the Clippers pulled off an impressive win. Chris Paul added 18 points, four rebounds and four assists as the Clippers improved to 15-6. Carlos Boozer played one of his best games of the season, scoring 24 points and grabbing 13 rebounds, but the Bulls didn't have enough firepower to match up with the Clippers' stars.
What it means: This was pretty much the outcome that everybody expected. When the Bulls don't get great performances from Luol Deng and Joakim Noah (the pair combined for just 18 points) the Bulls aren't going to win many games against elite teams. What will infuriate Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau most about this game is the Bulls gave up too many easy plays to the Clippers and also forgot how to box out at times. The Clippers, led by Griffin and DeAndre Jordan, had their way in the paint most of the night.
Hits: After getting tossed in Saturday's win over the New York Knicks, Taj Gibson started to look like his old self again Tuesday -- scoring 10 points and grabbing six rebounds in just 13 minutes.
Misses: Luol Deng was just 3-for-14 from the field. Deng and Marco Belinelli were a combined 9-for-36 from the field.
Stat of the night: The Bulls made more 3-pointers (10) than free throws (nine).
What's next: The Bulls are right back at it on Wednesday night when they face off against the Philadelphia 76ers.