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Friday, January 24, 2014
Rapid Reaction: Clippers 112, Bulls 95

By Nick Friedell


CHICAGO -- Let's take a quick look at how the Los Angeles Clippers earned a 112-95 win over the Chicago Bulls on Friday night at the United Center:

How it happened: Blake Griffin had a big night, scoring 26 points, grabbing 12 rebounds and dishing out seven assists as the Clippers built up too big of a lead early for the Bulls to overcome. J.J. Redick had 18 points and five assists. Carlos Boozer led the Bulls with 22 points and nine rebounds, but it wasn't enough for a Chicago team that struggled defensively all night.

What it means: The Clippers shot the lights out throughout the night, but it's rare that a Tom Thibodeau-coached team plays defense the way the Bulls did Friday. They had no answer for how to stop Griffin & Co. The Clippers kept getting good looks at the rim and taking advantage of openings. When the Bulls face the better teams in the league, especially in the Western Conference, their margin for error is very slim because of their style of play. They allowed the Clippers to push the pace all night and paid for it.

Hits: Joakim Noah struggled at times against Griffin, but he still managed to rack up 12 points, 13 rebounds and 7 assists.

Misses: Jimmy Butler was just 3-for-15 from the field.

Stat of the night: The Clippers shot 53.9 percent from the field and were 13-for-21 from beyond the arc.

What's next: The Bulls are right back at it on Saturday night when they face off against the Charlotte Bobcats.