Final Score: LA Clippers 94, Chicago 89
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Chris Paul and Blake Griffin continue to lead
the way, but it's the Los Angeles Clippers' bench who has helped the club to
their longest winning streak in 21 years.
Griffin had 22 points and 10 rebounds in the Clippers' seventh straight
victory, a 94-89 triumph over the Chicago Bulls.
"We really never got our rhyth," Clippers head coach Vinny Del Negro said. "We
missed some easy shots, but we found a way to grind the game out."
Paul added 18 points for Los Angeles, which is in the midst of its longest
winning stretch since 1991-92 when the Danny Manning-led squad won a team-
record eight consecutive contests.
"Chris (Paul) made a couple of tough plays at the end," Bulls forward Carlos
The franchise mark is 11 straight games accomplished by the 1974-75 Buffalo
The Clippers, who got 34 points from their bench -- 14 from Matt Barnes and 10
from Jamal Crawford -- ranked near the top of the league with 41.8 bench
points per game coming in.
Boozer tallied 24 points and 13 boards for Chicago, which had their three-
game winning streak snapped.
Marco Belinelli nailed four of the Bulls' season-high 10 3-pointers for 18
points in defeat.
Griffin slammed home an alley-oop from Lamar Odom and his tip-in following a
pair of offensive rebounds two possessions later gave the Clippers their
largest lead of 89-80 with 2:21 to play.
Chicago, though, countered with a 9-2 spurt, and a Joakim Noah reverse layup
pulled the hosts within 91-89 with 22.5 seconds left.
Paul then sunk two free throws, and after Kirk Hinrich and Luol Deng missed
jumpers at the other end, Paul split a pair from the line to account for the
The Clippers led, 21-18, after a quarter of play before taking a 47-40 margin
into the break.
Los Angeles had a 69-65 cushion after three.
The Bulls turned the ball over 17 times, which led to 22 Los Angeles points
... Chicago was 50 percent (10-of-20) from beyond the arc ... The Clippers
held a 50-38 points in the paint advantage.
12/12 02:29:31 ET
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