Apparently the Clippers took Rivers' words to heart, as they coasted to a 121-82 win over the Bulls at
"It was the imperfect storm in some ways because there was no Rose," Rivers said. "But I just thought our defensive energy was fantastic. We were sharp offensively. We were making shots and we were moving the ball."
Rivers didn't want his team to let up after learning Rose, a three-time All-Star and the
The Clippers had six players score to double figures, four of them starters.
Every Clipper played, including veteran Antawn Jamison, who appeared in his first game of the season. And all scored at least two points in this blowout, as they opened a 42-point lead in the second half.
The Clippers shot a season-high 58.5% from the field, showing no signs of being a tired team in the second game of a back-to-back and fourth in five days.
They shot 38.1% (eight for 21) from three-point range and limited the Bulls to 39.5% shooting.
"We know what our defense is capable of," said
"We moved the ball extremely well," he said. "The ball never really got stuck."
a season-high 21 points on eight-for-10 shooting, including four for five from three-point range.
"We've been shooting the ball pretty well," Dudley said. "Me personally, the same shots I had [Sunday] I've had all season. I just feel more confident, getting into a little better groove."
The entire Clippers team was in a groove
Blake Griffin had another double-double, scoring 15 points on six-for-10 shooting, and grabbing 12 rebounds to go along with three blocked shots.
J.J. Redick had 19 points on eight-for-11 shooting,
"When we dig in and really want to, we're tough defensively and offensively," Griffin said. "When we run the offense like we we're taught and play defense the way we've been taught, we're much, much tougher."
The 39-point margin of victory topped any by the Los Angeles Clippers, Buffalo Braves or San Diego Clippers. The Braves twice beat opponents by 37 points, Washington on Jan. 14, 1978 (130-93), and Cleveland on Dec. 5, 1975 (125-88).
It was the Clippers' third-highest-scoring game of the season.