The Los Angeles Clippers (30-15) defeated the Chicago Bulls (21-21) 112-95 on Friday night behind 26 points (11-of-18 shooting), 13 rebounds and seven assists from Blake Griffin.
In a wire-to-wire victory, the Clippers set the tone early with a massive 41-point first quarter during which Doc Rivers' club drilled seven threes.
And although they would cool down in the second half, the Clippers were triumphant thanks to marks of 54 percent shooting from the field and 62 percent (13-of-21) shooting from three.
In total, six Clippers finished in double figures, including all five starters.
Jamal Crawford poured in 19 points off the bench on 6-of-14 shooting while J.J. Redick added 18 points (5-of-11 shooting, 4-of-7 from three) and point guard Darren Collison racked up 17 points and four dimes.
On a night when they were thrashed on the defensive end, the Bulls had trouble keeping pace with the Clippers' high-octane offense, and shot a meager 43 percent from the field and 32 percent from three.
Carlos Boozer led the Bulls with 22 points on 10-of-17 shooting and pulled down nine rebounds, but it was Joakim Noah who was the star of the show for Tom Thibodeau's crew.
In a complete 34 minutes, Noah did it all, totaling 12 points (6-of-9 shooting), 13 rebounds (nine on the offensive glass), seven assists and a block.
Taj Gibson contributed 18 points off the bench while Mike Dunleavy added 17 points on 6-of-14 shooting.
Both clubs will be back in action on Saturday night. The Clippers will travel to Canada for a showdown with the Toronto Raptors while the Bulls are set for a matchup with the Charlotte Bobcats.
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