NBA Basketball

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Final 1 2 3 4 Tot
LA Clippers 27 25 28 26 106
Chicago 20 36 26 19 101
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Clippers to cap solid road trip against Bulls

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According to STATS

Los Angeles Clippers at Chicago Bulls

  1. The Clippers are 14-3 (.824) on the road against the Bulls since 2000-01, tied for the third-best road record by any team against any opponent over that span. The only teams with better records are the Rockets at the Knicks (15-3) and the Spurs at the Celtics (15-3).
  2. Montrezl Harrell is averaging 15.7 points and 6.8 rebounds in 46 games off the bench this season. The last NBA player to average 15.0+ points and 6.0+ rebounds off the bench in a season (minimum 40 games off bench) was Chris Gatling in 1996-97.
  3. The Clippers have had balanced scoring this season, with four players averaging 15.0+ points per game (Harris, Gallinari, Williams and Harrell). It would be only the third season since moving to LA that the Clippers had four players average 15.0+ points per game (minimum 70 percent of team games played), along with 1988-89 and 2014-15.
  4. The Bulls have lost six straight home games, allowing 110+ points in all six. It's the first time the Bulls have allowed 110+ points in six straight home games in a season since an eight-game streak in January 1986.
  5. Bobby Portis, Lauri Markkanen and Wendell Carter Jr. are all averaging 7.0+ rebounds per game this season, and all are 23 or younger (although they have each missed some time with injuries). Only three teams in NBA history have had three players 23 or younger average 7.0+ rebounds per game in the same season (age as of February 1): the 1969-70 Bucks, 1974-75 Hawks and 2014-15 Jazz.
  6. Lauri Markkanen has made 63 three-pointers in his 25 games played this season, tied with Brook Lopez (also this year) for the most by any 7-footer in NBA history over his first 25 games of a season.

The Los Angeles Clippers, with some much-needed victories in hand, will conclude their cross-country road trip Friday with a game at the Chicago Bulls, who have lost 11 of 12 while in a search of an identity.

The Clippers' recent struggles do not go as deep as the Bulls' woes.

But before winning two of the past three games, Los Angeles stumbled through a five-game losing streak. And with four of those five defeats coming at home, things did not bode well for the current four-game road swing.

The Clippers have been on something of a revival of late, however, winning at San Antonio on Sunday before coming out on top at Miami on Wednesday. Between those games was a defeat at Dallas on Tuesday.

"What we're trying to do is mix the right amount of toughness with the right amount of scoring and see what we come up with," Clippers head coach Doc Rivers said in the Los Angeles Times.

That is Rivers' way of saying that unique player combinations should no longer come as a surprise. Two of his best players -- Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell -- come off the bench but typically are on the court in crunch time during the fourth quarter.

Rookie Jerome Robinson played a season-high 16 minutes Wednesday and scored a career-best eight points. Guard Sindarius Thornwell and center Boban Marjanovic have been known to get extended runs at times.

But like the variety of on-court personnel, the Clippers have experienced varying runs of success and stumbles. They were the top team in the Western Conference as recently as December but now are on the edge of playoff eligibility with All-Star Weekend approaching.

The Bulls are nowhere near playoff eligibility in a season in which just finding an on-court identity has been difficult. Since head coach Fred Hoiberg was fired in early December, the Bulls have changed their approach from a defensive focus to an offensive one. Neither has brought much success.

A recent push toward offense has the Bulls scoring more than 100 points in every game since Jan. 4, but Wednesday's 121-101 defeat to a fellow rebuilding team in the Atlanta Hawks seems to have Chicago at a low point under new head coach Jim Boylen.

"It's the defense we have to figure out," the Bulls' Lauri Markkanen said on NBA.com.

"We have to contest shots better. Obviously, we can score the ball, but we have to get some stops. Obviously, we are trying to push the ball faster, so there are more possessions. We're focusing on offense, so the basics have been slipping. So we have to get back to work and work on defense more."

While the Bulls did make their trade for Carmelo Anthony official this week, he is not expected to suit up in Chicago, with the team reportedly set to either trade him or release him by the Feb. 7 deadline.

Bulls forward Jabari Parker, another potential trade candidate, is day-to-day with a knee injury.

Clippers forward Danilo Gallinari, second on the team with 19.0 points per game, has missed the past three games with back spasms and is listed as day-to-day. Little-used guard Milos Teodosic is also day-to-day with a knee injury, while forward Luc Mbah a Moute continues to be out with a knee issue.

--Field Level Media

Updated January 24, 2019

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