NBA Game Summary - LA Clippers at Chicago
(Friday, March 10th)
Final Score: LA Clippers 107, Chicago 96
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Sam Cassell scored 32 points as the Los Angeles Clippers downed the Chicago Bulls, 107-96, at the United Center.
"When he's shooting the ball like he did tonight, he's tough to stop," L.A. coach Mike Dunleavy said. "No matter what size they are or who is guarding him, you can' defend him. Tonight they were watching our 'bigs' and that gave him the time to get his shots."
Elton Brand posted 19 points and 13 rebounds for the Clippers, who won their second straight. Vladimir Radmanovic scored 14 points and Corey Maggette added 14 points and grabbed 10 boards. Cuttino Mobley and Shaun Livingston both scored 10 points.
Kirk Hinrich netted 21 points to pace the Bulls, who lost their second straight. Luol Deng posted 17 points and 18 rebounds, while Andres Nocioni scored 15. Ben Gordon scored 12 points, and Darius Songaila and Jannero Pargo added 10 apiece.
L.A. used a 12-3 run, capped by a pair of Radmanovic free throws with 4:01 remaining in the fourth quarter ,to go up 100-86 and put the game out of Chicago's reach.
Chicago gained an early advantage and led 22-21 heading into the second quarter, during which it got outscored by three to trail 47-45 at halftime.
In the third quarter, the Clippers again outscored the Bulls by three to lead 75-70 heading into the fourth.
"The stat sheet does not really show it, but they pretty much out-played us from beginning to end," Chicago coach Scott Skiles said. "We had a hard time in the early going even following our simple game plan. We tried different lineups to keep it close. In the third quarter, they took advantage of us and we could not do much to stop them."
The Bulls are 14-17 as the host this season. They have won four of their last seven at the United Center.
LA, which began a brief two-game road trip, is 14-15 as the visitor this season. It is scheduled to visit the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday at the Bradley Center.
The Clippers and Bulls met for the second and final time of the 2005-06 campaign. On February 12th, Pargo and Hinrich both finished with 17 points to lead the Bulls to a 97-91 win over the Clippers at the Staples Center. Hinrich also dished out six assists and Deng contributed 14 points, nine rebounds and five assists in the victory...The Clippers have won 10 of the last 12 contests in this series, and five of their last six at Chicago.
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