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Clippers' biggest comeback since moving to L.A.

CHICAGO (AP) -- Marko Jaric scored 17 of his 19 points in the
second half, and the Los Angeles Clippers rallied from a 24-point
deficit to beat the winless Chicago Bulls 97-96 Saturday night.

It was the Clippers' biggest comeback since moving to California
from Buffalo for the 1978-79 season. Their previous best comeback
as a California team was 23 points.

Corey Maggette led Los Angeles with 23 points and Chris Wilcox
added 14, making two thunderous dunks in the final quarter when the
Clippers finished off the victory.

The Bulls blew a 49-25 second-quarter lead and fell to 0-4. And
things could get worse in a hurry -- Chicago now faces a seven-game
road trip.

Eddy Curry led the Bulls with 20 points, but had only six in the
second half, and shot just 8-for-20. Tyson Chandler added 17 points
and 13 rebounds.

Curry was in the middle of trade turmoil this week, when his
agent said he wanted to leave the Bulls before he responded by
saying he didn't.

"I'm not thinking about it anymore. I don't live in the past,"
Curry said before the game. "I'm just happy I'm still here and
hopefully I'll continue to be here."

Whatever his status, Curry surpassed his miserable 3-point
performance against the Suns last Tuesday in the first quarter
Saturday night. He had a pair of three-point plays and scored 10 as
the Bulls took a 34-21 lead.

Ben Gordon's 3-pointer and driving basket, and fellow rookie
Chris Duhon's three-point play highlighted a 15-4 run starting the
second quarter as the Bulls rolled to a 49-25 lead.

The Clippers were playing their third road game in four nights.
They arrived at 2:30 a.m. from New York, where they'd lost to the
Knicks on Friday night, but hustled on defense and went on a big
run of their own to get back in the game.

Maggette had a three-point play with 14 seconds left and former
Bull Rick Brunson's jumper at the buzzer capped a 23-5 flurry and
got Los Angeles within six points at the half.

Jaric had 13 points in the third quarter, and his jumper put the
Clippers ahead 76-73 before Luol Deng's third straight jumper, a
3-pointer, tied the game entering the fourth.

The Bulls then missed their first six shots of the final period,
and Jaric's 3-pointer and six points by Wilcox gave the Clippers a
10-point lead.

Chicago's Kirk Hinrich lofted up a long 3-pointer at the buzzer
to make it a one-point game.<
^Notes: Curry was hit in the right side of the head by Chandler's
arm when he was trying to rip it away from Wilcox after they got
tangled up in the fourth quarter. Both Wilcox and Chandler got
technical fouls on the play. ... Clippers rookie Shaun Livingston,
the Peoria Central star who jumped straight to the NBA, said he
bought between 50 and 60 tickets to the game. ...The Bulls now go
on a six-game West Coast road swing. They are 0-32 during the
early-season road trip over the last five years. After another road
game in Cleveland they come home to play the Lakers and Heat,
making an 0-13 start a possibility.