Clippers pick up road win against Miami on a quiet night in the NBA…
The Sacramento Kings won ugly on Thursday night as they held off the Chicago Bulls to inflict a first road loss of the season on the visitors.
The Bulls were again without injured pair Derrick Rose and Pau Gasol, and despite coping in their absence against the Los Angeles Clippers, they were unable to repeat the trick on Thursday as Rudy and DeMarcus Cousins led the charge for the hosts.
Darren Collison filled the stat sheet with 17 points, six rebounds and 12 assists, but it was Cousins with 22 points and 14 rebounds along with Gay’s 20 points that helped the Kings to victory,
“We really didn’t want to give this one away; we’ve done that in three times before,” Collison said. “In a way it was good; those losses taught us a lesson. It was a learning experience for us.”
Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau conceded that there was a gap in the middle quarter where they were hurt and they couldn’t get back in the game thereafter. Jimmy Butler continued his fine form with 23 points while Taj Gibson, Mike Dunleavy and Aaron Brooks had 12 points each.
Joakim Noah added 10 points and 11 rebounds despite foul trouble, but Chicago were unable to avoid dropping the second game of a seven-game road trip.
Over in Miami, the Heat fell to defeat to the Clippers with Chris Paul putting up 26 points, two rebounds and 12 assists to nullify the contribution of Chris Bosh for the hosts.
Bosh had 28 points and seven rebounds, but it wasn’t enough to prevent the Heat from falling to 6-6 for the season, while the Clippers improved to 7-4. Blake Griffin added 26 points while DeAndre Jordan scored 12 points and grabbed 11 rebounds.