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The Los Angeles Clippers used a 30 point 4th quarter to end the Chicago Bulls 4 game winning steak 102-95 Saturday night at the Staples Center. While the Clippers have multiple All-Star players it was Marreese Speights who really got the Clippers over the top for the win. Speights scored 11 of his season high 16 points in the 4th quarter. The Clippers hit there free throw s late in the game and 2 Technical Fouls on Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg iced the game for Los Angeles. The Clippers have the best record in the NBA at 12-2 while the loss drops the Bulls to 8-5.

The Bulls got off to a good start and after Dwayne Wade hit his second 3-pointer in a row as well as his second of the quarter the Bulls had a 10 point lead at 19-9. The Clippers never got closer than 6 in the quarter and after Jimmy Butler hit a buzzer beater the Bulls had a 10 point lead again at 33-23.

The Bulls scored the first 12 points of the 2nd quarter and stretched there lead to 19 points at 45-26. The rest of the 2nd quarter belong to the Clippers. Los Angeles went on a 24-7 run to cut the Bulls lead to 5 points at 52-47 going into halftime.

Jimmy Butler hit a 3-pointer at the 9:32 mark to give the Bulls another 10 point lead at 59-49. The Clippers cut the Bulls lead to 3  at 68-65 after Chris Paul made a 3-pointer. Then another Paul basket cut the Bulls lead to just one at 68-67. The Bulls ended the quarter on a 9-5 run to make the lead 5 at 77-72 heading into the final quarter.

The Clippers came out in the 4th quarter on a 10-5 run and the game was tied at 82 all. The Clippers took there first lead since the 1st quarter at 87-85 on a Speights 3-pointer with 6:13 left in the game. The Bulls did even the game at 87 apiece, but never took the lead in the game again. Isaiah Cannaan hit a 3-pointer to cut the Clippers lead to 2 at 97-95, but Los Angeles made 5 of 6 free throws down the stretch. Blake Griffin hit 2 after a tough foul call on Jimmy Butler and then J.J. Reddick stepped to the free throw line and hit 3 of 4 from the free throw line to put the game away at 102-95.

Blake Griffin led the Clippers with 26 points and grabbed a game high 13 rebounds. Chris Paul added 19 points and tied for the game high in assists with 8. J.J. Reddick was the other Clippers starter in double figures with 10 points while Marreese Speights came off the Los Angeles bench to go 5 of 7 from the field including going 3 of 4 from behind the 3-point line and 3 of 4 from the free throw line to total 16 points.

Dwayne Wade led the Bulls in scoring with 28 points. Wade went 5 of 9 from the 3-point line in the game. Jimmy Butler scored 22 points, Taj Gibson scored 11 points and Robin Lopez added 10 points. The other Bulls starter Rajon Rondo scored 9 points, had a team high 10 rebounds and tied for the game high in assists with 8.

The Clippers (12-2) get to stay at home as they host the Toronto Raptors (8-4) on Monday night. The Bulls (8-5) continue their west coast road trip and interestingly enough stay in Los Angeles as tonight (Sunday) they’ll take on the Los Angeles Lakers who are a game over .500 at 7-6.

 

 

I hope you’re ready for the NASCAR season to start because this Sunday Chase Elliott will lead the field to the green flag on the pole for the Daytona 500. Elliott who’s a rookie and is taking over the #24 car from Jeff Gordon ran a lap of 196.314 m.p.h. just narrowly edging out Matt Kenseth who ran a lap of 196.036 m.p.h. and will start 2nd. Elliott who is just 20 years old used the same chassis as Gordon did last season and got the same result Gordon got last year; the pole position. Elliott and Kenseth are the only drivers whose positions for the Daytona 500 are now locked in. The balance of the field will be filled and ordered in Thursday night’s 150-mile Can-Am Duel qualifying races. Elliott’s first Sprint Cup pole was a milestone in many other respects. At 20 years, 2 months and 17 days, he is the youngest-ever winner of a Daytona 500 pole, supplanting Austin Dillon (23 years, 9 months 27 days in 2014). This was the 10th Daytona 500 pole for Hendrick Motorsports and the third for the #24 Chevrolet, with Gordon winning the previous two in 1999 and 2015.  The qualifying times of the #4 and #14 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolets, driven by Kevin Harvick and Brian Vickers, were disallowed after NASCAR discovered track bar infractions during post-qualifying inspection. Those cars will start from the rear in their respective Duels. Another car with qualifying issues was The #78 Furniture Row Toyota of Martin Truex Jr. Truex Jr. failed to post a time after NASCAR inspectors noticed that one of the roof flaps was out of compliance. The car was on the 5-minute clock at the time and the problem could not be corrected in time to make a qualifying run. As a consequence, Truex will start from the rear of the field in the second Can-Am Duel. Chris Olmstead from http://www.BeyondtheFlag.com will join The Big Jack and Mr. Fantasy during the Sunday morning edition of Sports Time Radio to breakdown Sunday’s Daytona 500 and give you his Top 3 drivers you might see in victory lane.

The NBA doesn’t take the court for action until Thursday, but the trading deadline is also Thursday and we’ve had a couple of deals already. The Detroit Pistons sent Brandon Jennings and Ersan Ilyasova to the Orlando Magic for Tobias Harris. Both teams are currently out of playoff position and have been looking to get back in. With Harris, who is 23 and averaging 13.7 points and 7.0 rebounds this season, the Pistons get a young power forward with shooting range, but the team will also take on the rest of the 4-year, $64 million deal he signed last year. Detroit is 27-27, a 1/2 behind Charlotte in the competition for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The Pistons expect Harris to bolster their chances of reaching the postseason for the first time since 2009. The Magic, who had one of the youngest rosters in the league, get veterans to help with a run toward the playoffs, which 1st coach Scott Skiles has been pushing for in recent weeks. They are expected to have additional trade talks about adding more veteran players.

Bare with me here as there was also a 3-team deal and I’ll try to explain it the best I can. The Miami Heat received Brian Roberts from the Charlotte Hornets. The Memphis Grizzlies received Chris Andersen and a 2nd round pick from the Miami Heat. The Grizzlies also received P.J. Hairston and a 2nd round draft pick from the Charlotte Hornets. While Courtney Lee went from the Grizzlies to the Hornets. Okay; so Miami got 1-player, Charlotte got 1-player and Memphis got 2-players and 2-draft picks.

The question is will we see a big name player get dealt. Dwight Howard’s name has been mentioned quite a few times this week; so maybe he’s the guy to go. While it’s difficult to find a quality big man in the NBA is Howard the guy to get a playoff contender over the top. If Howard is dealt to an Eastern Conference team like most of the rumors are; can he help the team he’s traded to get past the Cleveland cavaliers in the playoffs? The other big name that may or may not be on the trading block is the Los Angeles Clippers Blake Griffin. There was a lot of talk about Griffin going to the New York Knicks for Carmelo Anthony, but Anthony has a no trade clause in his contract. Anthony also came out this week and said he won;t be going anywhere; so I’m guessing that deal isn’t going to happen. I really think that the best landing spot for Griffin would be the Cavaliers. A Griffin for Kevin Love deal might work well for both teams. The Cavaliers are looking to play a more up tempo style and Griffin would fit right into that. While Griffin isn’t the outside shooter that Love is he could take up some room in the paint and allow LeBron James to spend some more time on the perimeter. While Love might not look like the best fit for the Clippers style Imagine Chris Paul leading the break for Los Angeles and there’s nothing there. Love would be the perfect fit to trail that play and hit a 3-pointer in transition. Cleveland has said that they wouldn’t deal Love unless they got a star player in return and Griffin fits that bill. Love played his college basketball at UCLA and was born in Santa Monica, California. Would a return home to another contending team be alright with Love? Griffin could probably use a fresh start after his incident with the assistant equipment manager that saw Griffin break his hand. I guess we just have to wait and see if either team tries to make this deal before Thursday’s deadline.

Shayne Gostisbehere of the Philadelphia Flyers extended his record point streak by an NHL rookie defenseman to 13 games Tuesday with a first-period goal against the New Jersey Devils . Gostisbehere scored with 2:37 remaining in the period. Gostisbehere 13 game point streak is the second-longest in the NHL this season, behind the 26 games of Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane. It is the longest by an NHL defenseman in almost 20 years, since Brian Leetch had a 14-game streak for the New York Rangers.and the longest by any Flyers rookie. The longest point streak by an NHL rookie since 1987-88 is 20 games by forward Paul Stastny of the Colorado Avalanche. Colorado Rockies defenseman Barry Beck held the rookie defenseman record with two 10-game point streaks during the 1977-78 season.

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