NBA Game Summary - Chicago at LA Clippers
(Sunday, February 12th)
Final Score: Chicago 97, LA Clippers 91
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Jannero Pargo and Kirk Hinrich each had 17 points to lead the Chicago Bulls to a 97-91 win over the Los Angeles Clippers at the Staples Center.
Hinrich also dished out six assists and Luol Deng contributed 14 points, nine rebounds and five assists for the Bulls, who have won two of their last three games. Darius Songaila added 12 in the win.
Elton Brand had a game-high 29 points and 15 boards and Sam Cassell netted 18 and also had five assists for the Clippers, who have lost two of their last three contests. Chris Kaman netted 13 and also grabbed nine rebounds.
Pargo's jumper gave the Bulls an 81-71 with 9:18 to play, but Los Angeles responded with a 9-2 spurt, capped by a Cassell layup to bring the Clippers within 83-79 with just under six minutes remaining.
However, Chicago countered with a 10-6 run, including six points from Hinrich, to make the score 93-85. Shots from Cassell, Kaman and Brand drew Los Angeles within 93-91 with 26 seconds left, but Hinrich nailed two at the line to seal the win.
"I was proud of the guys," said Chicago head coach Scott Skiles. "We played hard from end to end. Our defense won the game. We did a nice job of smothering the paint and getting loose balls."
Behind six points apiece from Ben Gordon and Pargo, Chicago led 29-25 after 12 minutes of play.
The Clippers opened the second quarter with a 14-0, including six points from Daniel Ewing and four points from Brand, which gave Los Angeles a 39-29 lead. The Bulls countered with a 10-4 spurt, highlighted by Michael Sweetney's thee-point play, to cut the deficit to 43-39.
Shaun Livingston's driving layup extended the lead to 50-41, but Chicago closed the half with a 10-0 streak, capped by Pargo's jump shot, to put the Bulls in front 51-50 at the half.
Kaman's three-point play narrowed the gap to 61-60, but Chicago came back with a 15-7 run, including a trio of baskets from Songaila, to close the third period with a 76-67 margin.
"My jump shot wasn't falling, but I wanted to be aggressive," said Hinrich. "I decided to go to the baseket and I was to make a few layups. It was a tough road trip. It feels good to go home with a win."
Chicago connected on 44 percent of its shots, while the Los Angeles shot 40 percent from the field...Each team grabbed 45 rebounds...The Bulls had lost their last five consecutive at the Clippers...Chicago's Andres Nocioni had 11 points and five rebounds...Bulls center Tyson Chandler grabbed 10 boards.
02/13 01:30:32 ET