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                 === Clips beat Bulls for 7th straight win ===
 
 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
 Boozer said.
 
 The  franchise  mark is 11 straight  games accomplished by the 1974-75 Buffalo
 Braves.
 
 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
 final margin.
 
 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.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 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 02:29:53 ET

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