Bulls blow early 19-point lead, lose 108-103 to Clippers


CHICAGO (AP) — Kawhi Leonard scored 33 points and Norman Powell added 27 to help the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Chicago Bulls, 108-103, on Tuesday night.

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Paul George added 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Clippers, who’ve won six of seven.

Nikola Vucevic had 23 points and 14 rebounds to lead the Bulls, who dropped the first of a four-game homestand. DeMar DeRozan added 20 points and Zach LaVine finished with 18 points and 14 boards.

Los Angeles led 85-84 after three quarters and never trailed in the fourth but couldn’t shake the Bulls until the final seconds. With the Clippers ahead 106-103, Leonard stole the ball from LaVine and made both free throws with 5.2 seconds left to close the door.

Chicago had 20 turnovers, two off its worst mark of the season.

The Clippers trailed by as many as 19 points midway through the second quarter but went to halftime down just 58-54 thanks to a 16-2 run in the final minutes.

Ivaca Zubac finished with 14 points and 12 rebounds for Los Angeles.

Clippers: George and Leonard returned after both were held out of Sunday's loss at Cleveland with knee soreness.

Bulls: LaVine drew a foul at the top of the key from Powell with 1:03 left but missed the first two of three free throws to keep the Bulls behind 104-103 ... DeRozan had a career-worst eight turnovers.

Clippers: at Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday.
Bulls: host Charlotte Hornets on Thursday.

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