CHICAGO — Jamal Crawford hopped off the bench to score 25 points and the Los Angeles Clippers overwhelmed the Chicago Bulls in the second half to pick up a 101-91 victory in the NBA on Saturday night. Download Box Scores and Game Book
Before Saturday’s victory, the Clippers had lost two straight games and four of five.
”We definitely needed a win,” Crawford said. ”Everything is better. The food tastes better, the flight will be better, you know, but it’s a total team effort.”
Crawford, who scored 17 points in the second half, shot 10-of-17 from the floor overall, while scoring 10 points in a 14-7 stream in the fourth quarter.
”He’s going to always break out,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said about the soon to be 37-year-old Crawford, who had struggled recently.
”I always tell him to give yourself a shooter’s chance. If you don’t shoot it, you have no chance of breaking out of it.”
Chris Paul added 17 points, Blake Griffin ended with 16 points, seven assists and six rebounds, JJ Redick scored 13 points for the Clippers in the road win.
Luc Mbah a Moute finished with 12 points and DeAndre Jordan grabbed 14 rebounds for Los Angeles (37-25), which sits 13.5 games behind Golde State in the Pacific standings and remains fifth in the Western Conference standings.
Jimmy Butler scored 16 points and dished out six assists and big man Robin Lopez ended with 12 points and six rebounds for the Bulls, who had won five of their last six games.
Bobby Portis added 11 points and seven rebounds, Dwyane Wade contributed 10 points and six assists and Paul Zipser scored 10 points in the defeat for Chicago (31-31), which scored just 12 points in the third quarter.
”He went 1-on-1 and you can’t do anything when he is going like that,” said Wade on Crawford.
”When they have guys making shots like that, we are taking the ball out of the basket.
“Our offensive rhythm is not the same as it was in the first half when we were able to get stops and go the other way.”
Chicago led 61-55 at halftime.
Los Angeles Clippers are back in action on Monday when they host the Boston Celtics.
Chicago Bulls are also in action on Monday and they are at the Detroit Pistons.