Nicolas Batum scored 24 factors and Kawhi Leonard added 22 factors with seven rebounds and 6 assists because the Los Angeles Clippers moved nearer to securing a top-six spot within the Western Convention with a 124-112 victory over the visiting Chicago Bulls on Monday.
Eric Gordon added 22 factors because the Clippers (40-36) received for the third time of their final 5 video games. Bones Hyland added 13 factors, whereas Russell Westbrook had 12 factors and 10 assists because the Clippers remained in fifth place within the West.
The victory got here with out Paul George, who will doubtless miss the rest of the common season with a knee damage. Marcus Morris Sr. additionally was out for Los Angeles with an sickness, whereas Norman Powell stays out with a shoulder damage.
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Zach LaVine scored 23 factors and DeMar DeRozan added 21 for the Bulls (36-39), who entered with 5 victories of their final six video games as they proceed to carry the ultimate play-in event spot within the Jap Convention.
Nikola Vucevic scored 20 factors with eight rebounds and Patrick Williams added 16 factors for Chicago, which went 2-1 on a West Coast highway journey and performs 4 of its final seven video games at house. The Bulls had been with out Alex Caruso (foot soreness).
The Bulls bought off to a scorching begin, taking a 32-27 lead after one quarter, with the Clippers pouring it on within the second quarter to take a 62-55 lead at halftime. Los Angeles shot 57.1 p.c from the sector and 52.4 p.c (11 of 21) from 3-point vary earlier than the break.
The Clippers’ lead was 99-77 after three quarters, and so they held off the Bulls down the stretch to cruise to a 2-0 sweep of the season sequence.
The Clippers had 41 assists on 48 made pictures and shot 59.3 p.c from the sector and 50 p.c (20 of 40) from 3-point vary. Batum went 8 of 10 from past the arc and didn’t take a 2-point shot.
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