Griffin leads streaking Clippers past Bulls 94-89

Griffin leads streaking Clippers past Bulls 94-89
December 12, 2012, 12:24 am
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Los Angeles Clippers forward Caron Butler (5) shoots between Chicago Bulls forward Carlos Boozer, left, and Luol Deng during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

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CHICAGO (AP) Blake Griffin had 22 points and 10 rebounds to help the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Chicago Bulls 94-89 on Tuesday night for their seventh straight victory, the team's longest winning streak in two decades.

Marco Belinelli hit a 3-pointer with less than a minute left to cut Chicago's deficit to 89-87, but Chris Paul answered with a floater in the lane, then iced it with three free throws down the stretch as Los Angeles snapped the Bulls' season-high three-game winning streak.

Paul finished with 18 points and four assists, below the 20 and 10 he averaged in his first dozen games against Chicago, but it was enough for the Clippers to sweep the season series for the first time since 2009-10.

Carlos Boozer scored 24 points and pulled down 13 rebounds for the Bulls, who had won five of six overall.