Milos Teodosic and Lou Williams hit key hoops to stall a Chicago run in the fourth quarter Tuesday night, helping the visiting Los Angeles Clippers hold off the Bulls 112-106.
Williams finished with 26 points, while DeAndre Jordan ran up a 29-point, 18-rebound double-double for Los Angeles. The Clippers won for the fifth time in the past six games in their pursuit of a Western Conference playoff spot.
Bobby Portis had a team-high 19 points and nine rebounds off the bench for the Bulls, who have alternated losses and wins in their past seven games.
The Clippers led by as many as 14 points in the final period before a three-point play by Antonio Blakeney got the Bulls within 102-96 with 5:50 to play.
Teodosic and Williams countered with their rally-killing baskets, re-establishing a double-digit lead and providing enough of a cushion for the Clippers to record a third straight road win.
Williams dropped in 13 of his 14 free-throw attempts, helping the Clippers earn a 30-13 dominance in points at the line.
Jordan, meanwhile, recorded the fifth double-double in his past six games, his 11th this season with at least 15 points and rebounds. Both the 29 points and 18 rebounds were game highs.
Tobias Harris (18 points), Austin Rivers (12) and Montrezl Harrell (10) also scored in double figures for the Clippers, who were opening a three-game trip that includes a tough back-to-back at Houston and Oklahoma City later this week.
Rivers shared game-high assist honors with the Bulls’ Kris Dunn with six apiece.
Portis reached double figures in scoring for the 38th time off the bench this season. He had 21 in the Bulls’ 129-122 win at Atlanta in their previous game.
Dunn added 18 points, David Nwaba 15, Robin Lopez 12, Zach LaVine 10 and Cameron Payne 10 for Chicago, which was swept in the two-game season series by the Clippers.
The Bulls led by as many as eight points in the second quarter before Los Angeles finished the half on an 18-8 run to secure a 62-60 advantage at the break.
—Field Level Media