Bulls 114 ,Clippers 101 — FINAL
LOS ANGELES — The Bulls were looking for their first back-to-back wins of the season and they got it in the building they started the season and against perhaps an equally talented team. Derrick Rose and company brought the hate to close out their West Coast road trip against the Clippers, pounding them into the ground to finish their road trip 3-1.
Rose had his first amazing game of the year hitting total of 26 points and totaling 15 assists and earning his first double-double of this abbreviated season. Joakim Noah and Luol Deng both posted big games in the dominating win by Chicago. Richard Hamilton had a an offensive game to be proud of and that’s a sentiment felt buy the Bulls as a whole. For a team the prides themselves on defense, they had an explosive game on the offensive end.
Chicago’s starting backcourt combined for 45 points but that’s expected. What is impressive is that the front court of Deng, Noah and Bozzer combined for 48 points, something that Bulls fans can get used to.
The game wasn’t just something that Bulls fans can walk away from excited, in the loss the Clippers saw their MVP candidate shine through.
No not who you’re thinking, Chris Paul had a rather quiet night. Although Paul had a double double, it was Blake Griffin that had a massive game, totaling 34 points and grabbing 13 rebounds. Griffin was the force keeping the Clippers in the game who trailed the Bulls by double digits for a majority of the final quarter. Chicago’s first ten minutes of the fourth saw them hit all three point shots, a major reason for the surge and resulting point gap.
The Clippers had Paul, Griffin, Mo Williams, Caron Butler and DeAndre Jordan all go into double figures, but it wasn’t enough for them to over power Derrick Rose and his ability to close out teams and to motivate his teammates to join in on the fun.
All five of the Bulls starters went into double digit point totals with Rose leading the way in points and assists. Luol Deng had another great game with 19 points and even Carlos Boozer finished with a dime. But although Rose had his best game of the year and looked like the MVP form last year in all aspects, it’s hard not to give the game ball to Blake Griffin.
But although Griffin had the best game, the Bulls got the win and that now makes them 3-1 heading back home for a New Years Day matchup against the Grizzlies and the start of a very short home stand. Coming off this road trip with big wins in Los Angeles and Sacramento, Chicago will be happy to be home and happy to continue their United Center dominance they had last year.