1/10/21 LOS ANGELES Ca, - Coming off a 115-105 loss on Friday night versus the Golden State Warriors, the Los Angeles Clippers ( 6-4) hosted the Chicago Bulls (4-6) and beat the visitor in a close game 130-127 at the Staple Center.
The Bulls were also looking to bounce back from losing a close game 117-115 to the Clippers crosstown rivals, Los Angeles Lakers ( 7-3). The game was a historic moment for the Clippers Kawhi Leonard, scoring 10,000 points of his young career.
The Bulls led by eight points in the first quarter 15-7, after a three-point basket by Zach Lavine. The Clippers were trailing 19-10 after Kawhi Leonard making a three-point shot. Paul George got the Clippers within three points after his three-pointer made the score 20-17.
The Clippers trail at the end of the quarter 31-22. Leonard had 7-points to lead the Clippers in scoring while making two three-pointers. Patrick Williams and Levine both scored 5 points for the Bulls.
Ivica Zubac broke free for a slam dunk that made the score 35-27 with 10:14 left in the second quarter. George made a three-point basket that had the Clippers down by four points, 40-36.
The Bulls led by seven points at halftime, 59-52. George scored 14-points making 4 of 8 shots from the field, 2 of 3 from the free-throw line, followed by Leonard scoring 12-points to keep the Clippers close. Lavine had 16 points and Patrick Williams 11 points for the Bulls.
In the third quarter, Lenard hit two back-to-back 3-pointers that had the Clippers trailing 77-73. Leonard tied the game 80-80 after making another three-pointer.
The Clippers got their first lead of the game, 83-80, when Leonard dropped another three-pointer on the Bulls to give him 29-points. Thaddeus Young made a basket that helped the Bulls regain the lead 87-85, with 3:12 left in the quarter. The third quarter ended with the score tied 94-94.
The Clippers led in the fourth quarter 106-103 when Marc Morris made a three-point shot. With 8:52 left in the game, Lou Williams gave the Clippers a six-point lead 109-103. The Bulls were down by one-point 111-110 after Denzel Valentine made a three-point shot with 7:12 on the clock.
With 4:12 left in the game, Lavine drove to the basket, and his finger-roll basket brought the Bulls within three points, making the score to 117-114. The Clippers took a five-point lead 124-119 when Lou Williams picked up a loose ball and soared to the basket for a layup with 1:30 left in the game.
The Bulls were down by four-points 126-122 when Lavine made a layup and was foul and made his free-throw with 49 seconds left on the clock. With 18 seconds left in the game, Lavine made a three-point shot that made the score 126-125, and the Clippers called timeout.
The Bulls fouled George with 15 seconds left in the game, made both of his free throws that gave the Clippers a 128-125 lead. George made two more free throws that gave the Clippers a 130-125 lead with 5 seconds left in the game.
Garrett Temple made an uncontested layup for the Bulls that made the final score 130-127 to improve the Clippers record to 7-4, and the Bulls fell to 4-7. Lavine led the Bulls in scoring with 45-points, Garrett Temple 18-points, Patrick Williams 17-points, and Thaddeus Young 14-points
Leonard led the Clippers in scoring with 35-points, George 28-points, and Lou Williams 21-points. Leonard spoke on his milestone of scoring 10,000 points in his career during his post-game interview.
"It's a stepping stone, but to be honest, I really don't care about it. I'm here in the league to play basketball, to play hard, to try to win games. The rest just comes with it pretty much. That's my mindset on it."
During his post-game interviews, the Clippers head coach Tyronn Lue talked about how Leonard played in the third quarter.
"I think the team did a good job at recognizing that Kawhi Leonard had it going. We kept running our double aways and Kawhi was coming off the shot and we ran our single pins and he came off and shot, and then he went under a few times and made a couple of shots. We needed every bit of it today.
The Clippers will face the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday at the Staple Center, and the Bulls will play on Tuesday at home against the Boston Celtics. For more photos from this game, click on the link below. #nba #laclippers #clippers #bulls #chicagobulls #zachlavine #louwilliams #paulgeorge #tgsportstv1 #kawhileonard