NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION ; Paul, Clippers Hammer Rose-Less Bulls

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NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION ; Paul, Clippers Hammer Rose-Less Bulls


LOS ANGELES - While Derrick Rose headed home to Chicago for knee surgery, the Bulls began life without their superstar guard again.

The Los Angeles Clippers showed them just how ugly that life could be.

Jared Dudley scored a season-high 21 points, Chris Paul added 16 points and 17 assists, and the Clippers jumped all over the Bulls in Rose's absence for a 121-82 victory Sunday.

J.J. Redick scored 19 points and Blake Griffin had 15 points and 12 rebounds in the Pacific Division-leading Clippers' seventh win in nine games.

This was no ordinary blowout, either: The Clippers' 39-point margin of victory was the largest in franchise history.

The Clippers figured Rose's latest injury was weighing on the Bulls' minds. Los Angeles led for all but the first two minutes, and even the reserves surged ahead by 42 points in the fourth quarter.

Luol Deng scored 22 points as the Bulls flopped in their first game since Rose tore cartilage in his right knee Friday night in Portland.

Carlos Boozer and Mike Dunleavy scored 14 points apiece, but the Bulls couldn't keep up defensively with the Clippers - and the Chicago reserves fell apart while getting outscored 25-9 in the fourth quarter.

Kirk Hinrich had nine points and seven assists while starting in place of Rose, who missed last season after tearing a ligament in his left knee. Rose played in just 10 games before getting hurt again, but the Bulls are hoping he won't be out as long this time.

While Chicago foundered, Los Angeles finished strong in a stretch of four games in five days, surpassing a pair of 37-point wins by the Buffalo Braves during the late 1970s for the biggest margin of victory in franchise history.

The Clippers played back-to-back afternoon home games this weekend, an occasional hazard of sharing a building with the Lakers and the NHL's Kings. But a day after blowing a 20-point lead in a victory over Sacramento, the Clippers showed little fatigue from their packed schedule - and the starters got the fourth quarter off as a reward.

Pistons 109, Nets 97

NEW YORK - Reserve Rodney Stuckey scored a season-high 27 points and Detroit sent Brooklyn to a fifth straight loss and sole possession of last place in the Atlantic Division with a victory. …

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