It looked like the Clippers were going to make quick work of the Bulls from the start on Friday night at the United Center, and although Chicago prolonged the inevitable, the result was a 112-95 whooping.
The Clippers hit the Bulls with a barrage of threes in the first quarter, nailing 7-of-8 en route to 41 points. The hot shooting would pretty much continue for the rest of the night, as the Clippers shot 53.9 percent overall and a ridiculous from 13-of-21 from three-point range.
Blake Griffin led the Clippers with 26 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists. All five starters scored in double figures, while Jamal Crawford had 19 points off the bench. J.J. Redick had 18 points and four threes.
Despite the Clippers' scorching shooting, the Bulls never quite totally went away before finally running out of gas in the fourth quarter. The Clippers led by as many as 21 points on several occasions, but each time it looked like they were going to run away and hide, the Bulls pushed back. The Bulls got to within eight at one point in the third quarter and made a little run in the fourth quarter after going back down by 21 again, but it wasn't enough.
Carlos Boozer led the Bulls with 22 points, although 16 of those game in the first quarter. Taj Gibson added 18 points off the bench and Mike Dunleavy had 17. Joakim Noah had another big game, notching 12 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists. Nine of those rebounds were of the offensive variety, and it was the Bulls' work on the offensive boards that really helped keep them in the game. The Bulls had 20 offensive rebounds on the night and 24 second-chance points.
Then there's Jimmy Butler. It's getting to the point where it's absolutely painful to watch him play offense. Butler was woeful again, going 3-of-15 overall and 1-of-5 from three. I don't know if he has to sit and get that toe right or what, but he's just a train wreck offensively right now. Hopefully he can snap out of this funk sooner rather than later. At least he still gets a few dope steals every game.
The Bulls get right back at it tomorrow night against the Bobcats. I wonder if Thibs will watch film or go on that hot date with Kate Upton:
Thibs: "Everyday there's something going on. Now the rumor about my date with Kate Upton, started by me, I'm not commenting on that either."— Nick Friedell (@NickFriedell) January 24, 2014
The latter sounds much better to me.