NBA: Clippers rally past error-prone Bulls
Kawhi Leonard scored a game-high 33, Norman Powell added 27 and Paul George scored a 16-point double, 10 recoveries to lead the Los Angeles Clippers to a 108-103 win over the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday night. .
Los Angeles capitalized on Chicago’s 20 outings to improve to 2-1 in a six-game road trip and win for the sixth time in seven games. Ivica Zubac also had a brace, contributing 14 points and 12 rebounds.
DeMar DeRozan, who scored 20 points as one of six Bulls with double numbers, had the highest eight spins of his career.
The Clippers recovered from a 19-point deficit in the second quarter, but had to push back Chicago over the long haul.
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– NBA (@NBA) February 1, 2023
Fouled in a three-point attempt with the Bulls leading 104-102 with 1:03 remaining, Zach LaVine only took one of three shots from the free-throw line. DeRozan missed a potential advance with 36 seconds left.
Powell and Leonard each made a pair of free throws over the final 10 seconds to help the Clippers close the game.
Nikola Vucevic had 23 points and 14 rebounds for Chicago to get his 13th double in the past 15 games. LaVine collected 18 points with 14 career-high rebounds and added 8 assists.
Ayo Dosunmu and Patrick Williams each scored 11 for the Bulls, while Alex Caruso had 10.
Chicago led 58-54 after halftime with a 51.2% shot, including an 8 to 15 eat effort from outside the arc.
The Clippers fell 46-27 ahead of runner-up LaVine with 7:22 remaining in the second half, but soon closed the gap. Los Angeles used a 23-4 scoreline to end the game at 50 just over five minutes later.
Powell, who had 20 points coming on from the bench before the break, contributed 8 points during the spike.
The Bulls responded by scoring eight of the next 12 points before halftime, but creating a bigger stepping stone proved to be a challenge. Los Angeles started the third half 9-3, taking the lead for the night when Terance Mann made a pair of free throws at 8:00.
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