NBA Basketball

Final 1 2 3 4 Tot
LA Clippers 20 34 31 23 108
Chicago 32 26 26 19 103
5:00 PM PT6:00 PM MT7:00 PM CT8:00 PM ET1:00 GMT9:00 6:00 PM MST8:00 PM EST5:00 UAE (+1)02:0020:00 ET7:00 PM CTNaN:� , January 31, 2023
United Center, Chicago, Illinois  Attendance: 20,068

Bulls to test home success vs. road-weary Clippers

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Los Angeles Clippers at Chicago Bulls

  1. Last season, the Bulls swept the Clippers for Chicago's first season sweep of LA since the 2008-09 season. Since the beginning of the 2000-01 season, the Clippers are 30-12 against the Bulls, their second-best record against any team in that span (30-10 vs. Hornets).
  2. The Clippers' bench unit scored 64 points against the Cavs on Sunday, their fourth game this season with at least that many points from the bench. That ties them with the Pacers for most such games this season.
  3. Marcus Morris Sr. has scored 20 or more points in each of his last three road games against the Bulls. That is the longest streak of 20-point road games against a single team in his 12 NBA seasons.
  4. In the win over Orlando, both Zach LaVine and DeMar DeRozan scored exactly 32 points. It was the fifth time the pair has each scored at least 30 points in the same game with only Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen (16) and Bob Love and Chet Walker (eight) ever doing so at least five times as Bulls teammates.
  5. Nikola Vucevic (18.3 PPG, 11.2 RPG) is two games shy of his 150th career game with Chicago and currently sits as one of two players in team history to average at least 18.0 points and 11.0 rebounds per game while playing for the team, along with Hall of Famer Artis Gilmore.
  6. Ten different Clippers have led the team outright scoring in a game this season. LA joins Phoenix (11) as the only teams to have at least 10 different players lead them in scoring in 2022-23 (outright).

As the up-and-down nature of their season continues, the Chicago Bulls at least have felt good about relying on the recent steadiness from big man Nikola Vucevic.

After contributing 26 points and 13 rebounds to Saturday's road victory against the Orlando Magic, Vucevic enters Tuesday's visit from the Los Angeles Clippers with 12 double-doubles in the past 14 games.

That has vaulted Vucevic to sixth in the league with 28 double-doubles.

"I'm feeling really good right now. I'm really in a rhythm," Vucevic said. "I'm really finding my spots within the game, whether it's making shots or making plays for others or rebounding."

Tuesday marks the beginning of a four-game homestand for Chicago, which has won five of the past six games in its own building.

Vucevic led the Bulls with 17 rebounds and seven assists in their most recent home game, a 111-100 victory against Atlanta on Jan. 23. He had six assists against the Magic, his former team, and is averaging 3.3 assists per game this season.

"I really enjoy passing, especially if I get the ball in the pocket and can make plays for my teammates, whether it's a cutter or someone in the corner," Vucevic said. "I enjoy that as much as scoring a bucket. I feel it's a very underrated part of my game. I enjoy making the right play."

At Orlando, Vucevic displayed his versatility as the Magic struggled to contain him, while also trying to keep track of DeMar DeRozan and Zach LaVine, who scored 32 points each.

DeRozan has scored at least 25 points in five straight games since returning from a quadriceps strain.

The Clippers are coming off Sunday's 122-99 loss at Cleveland, which snapped a season-best five-game winning streak.

Los Angeles fell to 1-1 on its six-game road trip while playing without Kawhi Leonard (knee), Paul George (knee) and Reggie Jackson (Achilles soreness). The trio each played during Saturday's victory at Atlanta.

No additional back-to-backs are scheduled for the trip, which will end a stretch that sees the Clippers play 10 of 11 on the road.

Should he suit up, Leonard will attempt to extend his nine-game streak of shooting at least 50 percent from the field on at least 10 attempts.

He was 12 of 20 for 32 points against Atlanta on Saturday, maintaining the league's longest streak of 50 percent or better shooting on at least 10 shots. No Clippers player has reached 10 games in the category since Blake Griffin in November 2013.

Being at full strength has helped Los Angeles realize its potential.

"Having everybody back, putting in the extra time, working on our rotations and stuff defensively and going through our plays, talking about the rotations we're making and everybody who steps on the floor is playing basketball the right way," the Clippers' Norman Powell said. "And when you do that, everybody is feeling good, everybody is touching everybody, being effective."

The Bulls lead the all-time series 68-55 and swept the two-game season series in 2021-22. That included a 135-130 home victory in overtime on March 31 behind 50 points from DeRozan.

--Field Level Media

Updated January 30, 2023

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