Blake Griffin shines as Clips clinch longest winning streak in 20 years
Chicago, IL, United States (4E Sports) – Blake Griffin submitted a double-double performance while Chris Paul scored the team’s last five points as the Los Angeles Clippers notched their seventh straight victory with a 94-89 triumph over the Chicago Bulls Tuesday at United Center.
The last time a Clippers team won seven games in a row was in the 1991-92 season when they won eight straight, setting the franchise mark in Los Angeles.
Paul buried a 6-foot jumper after the Bulls closed in at 89-87 with 7 seconds remaining and added three foul shots to preserve the Clippers’ lead en route to their longest winning streak in 20 years.
Griffin finished with 22 points and 10 boards while Paul added 18 points, four rebounds and four assists as the Clippers improved to 15-6.
Matt Barnes contributed 14 points, Jamal Crawford added 10 and center DeAndre Jordan grabbed 10 boards for Los Angeles.
Carlos Boozer scored 24 points and hauled 13 rebounds for his 10th double-double in the last 13 outings for the Bulls, who saw their three-game winning run come to an end.
Marco Bellinelli added 18 points and seven boards, center Joakim Noah chipped in 10 points and 13 rebounds, Taj Gibson scored 10 and Nate Robinson tallied nine points for the Bulls (11-9).
The Bulls outrebounded (50-42) and out-assisted (26-19) the Clippers but the latter fared better from the field and had superior bench player, who outscored their counterparts, 34-21.
The Clippers were held to 40 percent shooting in the first half but recovered their shooting touch in the next half, shooting almost 53 percent and four of their 10 baskets in the fourth quarter were dunks.
The Clippers scored the last six points of the first half to open a seven-point lead but the Bulls quickly regained the driver’s seat in the third period.
In the fourth, Eric Bledsoe sparked an 8-2 run to put the Clippers ahead for good.