DeMar DeRozan scored 10 of his season-high 50 points in overtime as the Chicago Bulls advanced to a 16-point, second-half deficit to beat the visiting Los Angeles Clippers 135-130 on Thursday.
With three seconds left in the OT, DeRozan’s Dunk sealed the comeback win for Chicago (45-32), which never faltered in overtime after falling back to 11 with 4:58 in control.
Nikola Vusevic has 22 points and 14 rebounds for the Bulls, who have won three of their last four games. Jack Lavin added 21 points, Kobe White 11 and Patrick Williams 10 points and 12 rebounds.
Reggie Jackson has scored 34 points (37-40) for Los Angeles, losing six of his last seven games. Paul George added 22 points, Marcus Morris Sr. added 20, Nicholas Batum added 17 and Ivika Zubak and Luke Kenard finished with 11 points. Zubak dropped nine rebounds.
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– NBA (BANBA) April 1, 2022
With 3.5 seconds left before the foul on Derozan in a 3-point attempt, the Bulls trailed by two, giving him three foul shots.
DeRozan sent his first two shots to tie the game but missed his third attempt, sending the game overtime.
DeRozan hit 17 of 26 field-goal attempts and 14 of 15 from the foul line. He also made five rebounds and six assists.
The Clippers set the tone with a 32-22 lead after shooting 61.9 percent in the first quarter. Morris, who has scored a combined five points in his previous two games, had 10 points in his opening game on Thursday.
Los Angeles used 18-4 to increase their lead to 15 points with 3:57 remaining in the second quarter and took a 59-50 lead at the break.
The Clippers shot 55 percent from the field in the first half while holding the Bulls and shooting 38.8 percent.
Los Angeles extended their lead to 79-63 when George drilled a 3-pointer at 5:50 left in the third quarter.
The Clippers took a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter and left Chicago at 7:36 before cutting Williams’ dunk deficit to 99-94.
George, who was playing his second game after a three-month absence from an elbow injury, finished with three rebounds, five assists and three steals in 32 minutes.
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