Chris Paul put up 16 points and recorded 17 assists, his 14th double-double of the season, to lead the Los Angeles Clippers to a blowout victory over the Chicago Bulls, 121-82. The Clippers played an efficient game offensively, shooting 48-82 (58.5%) from the field and turning it over just 9 times. Los Angeles (10-5) has now won 7 of their last 10 games.
Paul finished 6-10 from the field (1-4 on 3-point attempts) in a solid performance. Other key performers for Los Angeles were Blake Griffin with 15 points and 12 rebounds, and Darren Collison with 14 points and 5 assists. Despite the loss, Luol Deng scored 22 points for Chicago on 6-11 shooting from the field and 9-13 from the free throw line. Carlos Boozer added 14 points and 6 rebounds.
In a battle of strength versus strength, the high-powered offense of Los Angeles (ranked second in the NBA in offensive efficiency) emerged victorious over the defense of Chicago (ranked fourth in defensive efficiency), scoring 1.28 points per possession. The Clippers paired an eFG% of 63.4% with a TO% of just 9.5%. On the year, when exceeding 55% in eFG% and losing the ball on fewer than 10% of their possessions, they are undefeated (2-0). The Bulls, conversely, are 0-1 when their opponents hit those numbers.
Chicago (6-6) has now lost 3 straight contests.
Coming up, the Clippers battle the New York Knicks, who are 3-10 on the season. The Bulls match up with the Utah Jazz, currently sitting at 1-14 this year. The Bulls are 1-0 versus Utah this season.
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