Bulls 114, Clippers 110, OT
Curry scored 27 points, including a hook shot over Elton Brand with 23 seconds left in overtime, to give the Bulls a 114-110 victory Friday night. The Clippers have lost 10 straight.
With the game tied at 110, Bulls coach Scott Skiles called the play for Curry.
“I think he saw that the ball was going in and out for me and it was only a matter of time before I made it,” Curry said. “It felt real good for him to have that confidence in me.”
Brand finished with 25 points and 19 rebounds. But after Curry’s basket, he missed a layup with 11 seconds left that would have tied it.
“It should have never gone to overtime. You have to give them credit,” Brand said. “They executed better than we did at the end.”
After Brand’s miss, Jamal Crawford made two free throws with seven seconds left to seal the win.
“Though they had four guys in the 20s, I was more surprised at how poorly we defended them. We didn’t do a good job stopping them,” Coach Mike Dunleavy said.
Corey Maggette matched a career high with 34 points to lead the Clippers.
Pargo hit an open 3-pointer with 1.1 left to tie it at 104 seconds after Doug Overton missed a free throw that would have sealed the game.
“Jannero does not hesitate,” Scott Skiles said. “He has shown that if he misses a couple of shots, it does not faze him, and he keeps shooting. He does not ‘hope it up’ there. He shoots aggressively.”
Maggette missed a wild 3-pointer, sending the game to overtime.
Brand had just four points and five rebounds in the first half. He’s never played on a winner in the NBA. He spent his first two seasons with Chicago and is now on his way to a third straight losing campaign with the Clippers. “I always try to stay upbeat,” he said. “It’s been frustrating at times, but I feel like it’s going to happen eventually. It’s just not my time right now.” … Chicago’s Tyson Chandler sat out with a sore lower back. … The last time four Bulls scored 20-plus points came in a 132-128 overtime lossto Cleveland at Chicago Stadium on Nov. 16, 1985.