Los Angeles (27-49) at Chicago (21-54)

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  • Game info: 8:30 pm EST Fri Apr 2, 2004
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The Los Angeles Clippers look to complete a sweep of the season series from the Chicago Bulls for the fourth straight year when the teams meet at the United Center.

The Clippers have won seven straight against the Bulls— only the fourth time they’ve had that long a streak against one team during their 20 seasons in Los Angeles. They had winning streaks of 11 against Dallas, 10 against Minnesota and eight over Denver.

Before the Clippers’ 102-92 win at home on Jan. 27, the previous four meetings between the teams were decided by fewer than six points.

Los Angeles’ Elton Brand had 20 points, 11 rebounds, five assists and four blocks against his former team in that game. Brand was selected by Chicago as the top overall pick in 1999 and later traded to the Clippers for Brian Skinner and the draft rights to Tyson Chandler on June 27, 2001.

Brand has shot 50 percent in four career games against the Bulls while averaging 16.3 points and 9.5 rebounds.

“It feels like the trade was so long ago instead of just two years ago,” Brand said. “But there’s no vendetta. I wish them good luck, and hopefully they wish me the same.”

The Clippers enter on a nine-game losing streak following Wednesday’s 108-99 defeat at Detroit. Brand shot 10-for-17, and finished with 27 points and 10 rebounds, and Keyon Dooling had career highs of 20 points and 10 assists for Los Angeles, which matched its longest skid since Jan. 12-31, 2001.

Corey Maggette, the team’s leading scorer, played only 11 minutes before leaving with a strained hamstring.

Maggette’s status for this game is uncertain, and the Clippers are already missing Chris Wilcox (Achilles’), Bobby Simmons (hip), Quentin Richardson (back) and Marko Jaric (foot).

“We’re short-handed right now, but we gave a valiant effort, and you have to be proud of the way the guys came and played,” said Brand, who has hit 52 percent (24-for-46) of his shots over the last three games.

The Clippers have lost 17 of 19 overall. They have dropped five straight road games, and have just one victory in the last 12 away from Staples Center.

The Bulls won 109-91 at Orlando in a matchup of the clubs with the NBA’s worst records on Wednesday.

Chicago snapped a five-game losing streak, giving it two more victories than the Magic, who are a league-worst 19-57.

“It feels good to win. Even though (Orlando) is at the bottom, it’s good for team morale,” said Bulls guard Jamal Crawford, who had 27 points and nine assists.

Chicago won despite playing without Tyson Chandler (sore lower back), Kendall Gill (migraine headache), Kirk Hinrich (food poisoning) and Jerome Williams (sprained left ankle).

Jannero Pargo, who came in averaging 1.8 points, had 25 points for Chicago, and Eddy Curry added 24.

“Any time you can bust up a losing streak and not let those things continue and get longer and longer, it’s good,” Bulls coach Scott Skiles said.

STANDINGS (through March 31): Clippers - 6th place, 26 GB, Pacific Division. Bulls - 8th place, 34 GB, Central Division.

PROBABLE STARTERS: Clippers - F Maggette or Matt Barnes, F Brand, C Chris Kaman, G Doug Overton, G Dooling. Bulls - F Linton Johnson, F Antonio Davis, C Eddy Curry, G Crawford, G Pargo.

TEAM LEADERS: Clippers - Maggette, 20.4 ppg; Brand, 10.3 rpg; Jaric, 4.8 apg. Bulls - Crawford, 17 ppg; Davis, 8.4 rpg; Hinrich, 6.5 apg.

SEASON SERIES: Clippers, 1-0.

LAST MEETING: Jan. 27; Clippers, 102-92. At Los Angeles, the Clippers shot 53 percent (40-for-75), as Maggette had 28 points on 10-of-13 shooting. Eddie Robinson came off the bench to score a team-high 17 points for the Bulls.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Clippers - 9-30 on the road; Bulls - 13-24 at home.

INJURIES: Clippers - G Richardson (back spasms); G Jaric (toe); C Josh Moore (back); F Wilcox (Achilles’). Bulls - F Paul Shirley (kidney); G-F Chris Jefferies (back); G-F Scottie Pippen (knee).

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