The Chicago Bulls rode double figure scoring halves from Derrick Rose, Richard Hamilton and Joakim Noah to a 57-52 first half lead over the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday night at the Staples Center. After racking up highlight drives in the first quarter, Rose was quiet at the rim in the second, but he walked into the locker room with 10 assists to go along with his 11 points.
With Clippers center DeAndre Jordan glued to the bench with three fouls, Noah was able to provide a surprise scoring punch, dropping in 11 points on 3-4 shooting from the field to go along with five rebounds. For the Clippers, Blake Griffin put up 15 points and eight rebounds in the first half, but his partner-in-crime Chris Paul only added seven points.
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