(Sports Network) - The Los Angeles Clippers will ride a six-game winning
streak into the Windy City Tuesday night when they take on the Chicago Bulls.
The Clippers haven't lost since Nov. 26 at home against the New Orleans
Hornets. Five of the six wins were at home and Tuesday night's contest begins
a four-game road trip.
For just the third time in Clippers history, the team has 14 wins through 20
The Clippers boast the reigning Western Conference Player of the Week in Blake
Griffin. Over his last four, Griffin averaged 23 ppg and 10.3 rpg. With
Chauncey Billups injured again, and Chris Paul not posting Chris Paul numbers
recently, the bench has carried the Clippers.
The Clippers led the Toronto Raptors by four points after three quarters on
Sunday, but the reserves held the Raptors scoreless for almost seven minutes.
Jamal Crawford leads the NBA in fourth-quarter scoring and the Clips won for
the fourth time in their last five outings without the starters scoring a
point in the final quarter.
"Our starters had their moments tonight, but overall I thought our bench was
the key again," Clippers head coach Vinny Del Negro said. "They're just doing
a more consistent job for us defensively in terms of talking, getting into
people as a group."
The Bulls have won three in a row themselves, including a home win Saturday
night against the New York Knicks, who played once again without star Carmelo
The Bulls bested the Knicks 93-85 based on the great play of Luol Deng and
Marco Belinelli, who both netted 22 points. Belinelli is seeing a significant
bump in minutes with the injury to Rip Hamilton. Belinelli had 15 of his 22 in
the first quarter.
Joakim Noah added 10 points and 11 rebounds to go with a staggering nine
turnovers. Deng played all but 1:26 in the Knicks game and Noah and Belinelli
both logged over 44 minutes.
Kirk Hinrich didn't play in the second half with an elbow injury and Taj
Gibson was ejected in the second quarter after picking up two technical fouls.
It all led to some gassed Bulls.
"I was really tired out there," said Noah. "I was tired, but it's all worth it
right now. We're growing as a team. We need everybody. We were shorthanded,
but we're fighting. It's all you can ask for. As long as we're fighting, the
city should be proud."
The Bulls will try to avenge a 101-80 loss earlier this season in Los Angeles.
The Clippers are 9-2 in their last 11 in Chicago.
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