NBA Game Summary - Chicago at LA Clippers
(Wednesday, January 31st)
Final Score: LA Clippers 110, Chicago 98
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Elton Brand poured in a game-high 26 points and pulled down nine rebounds as the Los Angeles Clippers downed Chicago, 110-98, at the Staples Center.
Tim Thomas posted a double-double with 18 points and 10 boards and Sam Cassell also had 18 points to go along with six rebounds and six assists for the Clippers, who have won six of their last seven games. Corey Maggette contributed 15 points and Shaun Livingston donated 14 in the victory.
"I was pleased with the way we ended the game," Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy said. "Down the stretch, Elton and Shaun made big plays. Defensively, we were great in the fourth quarter. It was good to get the win."
Maggette, who converted 9-of-10 from the charity stripe, became the Los Angeles' all-time leader in made free throws with 2,307, passing the old mark set by Randy Smith (2,304).
Kirk Hinrich led the Bulls with 25 points and 10 helpers while Ben Gordon and Luol Deng each scored 17 points. Deng also grabbed nine boards and Malik Allen added 12 points.
Chicago, which had a three-game winning streak halted, was without center Ben Wallace, who sat out the game due to a bruised tendon in his left knee. Wallace suffered the injury in last Saturday's win over Miami and an MRI Sunday revealed no structural damage.
Chicago went on a 10-2 spurt to knot the contest at 94 with just under four minutes to play, but the Clippers closed out the game with a dominating 16-4 burst -- capped by Maggette's driving layup.
"We're getting our swagger back," Brand said. "They [Chicago] made a great run at us, but we finished strong. We feel great."
The Clippers, trailing by one with 3:33 left in the first quarter, scored 12 of the final 17 points in the frame for a 31-23 edge.
Then, late in the second, Chicago cut within five at 41-36 on Gordon's jumper, but Los Angeles continued to hold the Bulls at arms length and Cuttino Mobley's jumper at the buzzer made it 57-45 at the break.
Brand finished with 16 points in the first half for the Clippers.
A three-point play by Chris Duhon with 1:10 to play in the third closed Chicago to within four before Los Angeles netted the next six points. Gordon followed up with a pair of free throws as the Bulls trailed 79-71 entering the fourth.
Mobley ended with 11 points...Los Angeles finished 46 percent shooting from the field while the Bulls shot 47 percent from the floor...Attendance was 18,390.
02/01 01:40:34 ET