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Streak Goes To Six: Bulls Beat Clippers 106-88

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Bulls Hold Griffin To Just Seven Points In Second Half

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – Derrick Rose poured in 32 points with 11 assists, and the Chicago Bulls ran their winning streak to six games Wednesday with a 106-88 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers.

Luol Deng added 26 points in the victory and Carlos Boozer scored 16 with 10 rebounds.

Coming off a 5-1 homestand, the Bulls never trailed in this one, starting their five-game western road trip on the right foot with a 51-percent shooting performance and lock-down defense in the second half.

Blake Griffin filled the stat sheet again for the Clippers, scoring 32 points and pulling down 13 rebounds. But he was just 4-of-13 from the foul line and scored only seven of his points after halftime.

The Clippers had a two-game win streak snapped, falling to 2-1 on a brief homestand — and it’ll be a while until they see the inside of Staples Center again.

They will play their next 10 games on the road, beginning with Friday’s tilt in Atlanta, and won’t return to Staples Center until a February 25 meeting with the Lakers — where the Clippers will be the away team.

Ryan Gomes added 16 points in Wednesday’s loss, Randy Foye scored 14 and Baron Davis had 10.

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Chicago Bulls Vs. Los Angeles Clippers: Carlos Boozer Lobbies For All-Star Team

Usually, it would be rough for the Bulls this time of year, being away from Chicago on a five-game road trip that takes them from Los Angeles to Oakland to Portland to Salt Lake City to New Orleans before coming home on Feb. 15 to face the Bobcats.

But I imagine that most of the Bulls have to feel happy to be out of the blizzard conditions that still have a lot of Chicago at a standstill this evening, and in the pleasant near-70 degree weather in Southern California.

There. Made you jealous much?

Anyway, today Carlos Boozer, who missed 15 games at the beginning of the season, said he felt he deserved All-Star recognition:

"I hope so," Boozer said before the Bulls played the Clippers on Wednesday night. "I know I missed some games with my broken hand. I feel like I am deserving of an All-Star appearance, but if not, I'm not going to be disappointed. There's a lot of guys that feel that they're deserving of the All-Star Game. There's so many good players in the NBA. Guys that want to be there that won't be there, and if I am there I'll be extremely happy I'll tell you that."

It wasn't all about him, as you can see, and he went on to say that it would be an honor to represent the Bulls along with Derrick Rose. Despite missing that much time, Boozer has helped the Bulls this season, missing only four games since his return; in the 29 games he has played the Bulls are 22-7 and Boozer is averaging a double-double, with 19.9 points and 10.8 rebounds per game.

Most important tonight is Boozer's ability to stop hot Clippers rookie Blake Griffin and avenge an embarrassing 100-99 loss to the Clippers at the United Center on Dec. 18.

Tonight's game begins at 9:30 p.m. CST and will be televised on CSN Chicago.

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