NBA Game Summary - LA Clippers at Chicago
(Tuesday, November 6th)
Final Score: LA Clippers 97, Chicago 91
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Cuttino Mobley and Corey Maggette took over down the stretch, scoring 33 points and 18 points respectively, as the Los Angeles Clippers remained unblemished and kept Chicago winless with a 97-91 victory at the United Center.
Maggette -- a Chicago native -- also added 10 rebounds and five assists, several of the passes off dribble penetration to Mobley, who buried 13-of-17 from the floor and 2-of-3 from beyond the arc. Chris Kaman added 16 points in 11 rebounds for the Clippers, who improved to 3-0 on the season.
For Chicago, it was much of the same. A perimeter-oriented offense stayed cold from the floor, making just 35.7 percent of its field goal attempts and 2-of-9 from beyond the arc. Luol Deng scored 22 points with eight rebounds and Kirk Hinrich donated 18 points, but Ben Gordon's 15 points came on just 4-of-18 shooting.
Joe Smith added 17 points -- 10 during Chicago's major burst in the fourth quarter -- with seven rebounds, but the rest of the Bulls bench finished 3- of-13 shooting.
Chicago dropped to 0-4, a reminder of its 0-9 start to the 2004-05 a season, a campaign which ended far better than it began with a 47-35 record.
"I'm not much of a panic guy," said Chicago head coach Scott Skiles. "Earlier in my life when I had my own personal difficulties...I grew up quite a bit and learned not to panic. We'll try to figure out why we're playing the way we are, why when the game is on the line we're not able to step up and make big plays."
Smith's layup extended Chicago's early fourth-quarter edge to 80-77, and his dunk with 4:54 to play again gave the Bulls a three-point advantage at 86-83. Mobley buried a jumper before Gordon converted his only three-pointer of the night for an 89-85 lead. Mobley followed with a layup and Maggette's run-out slam tied the game with 2:56 on the clock.
After Hinrich misfired on a mid-range jumper, Maggette took the extra pass from Brevin Knight and connected on a three-pointer. Mobley then made a tough fade-away jumper with 1:20 on the clock to push the edge to 94-89 and wrap up the contest.
"I thought our guys did a real good job battling back when they got us down late," said Clippers head coach Mike Dunleavy. "We battled back from foul trouble and got tentative at that time but ultimately down the stretch our guys came back."
The game was tied at 26-26 after one stanza, and Los Angeles built a 57-52 lead by halftime.
The Bulls clawed their way back to tie the game at 70-70 on Gordon's free throw. The Clippers held a 75-74 lead after three quarters.
The Clippers have won 12 of 14 versus the Bulls since the 1999-2000 season and four straight in the Windy City...The Clippers shot 45.6 percent from the floor and made 9-of-20 from beyond the arc...Los Angeles visits Indiana on Wednesday, while the Bulls remain at home against Detroit on Thursday...Attendance 21,742.
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