NBA Wrap: Clippers rout Rose-less Bulls

NBA Wrap: Clippers rout Rose-less Bulls
November 24, 2013, 6:45 pm

Blake Griffin turned in a double-double in the Clippers' big win over the Bulls on Sunday. (USA Today Images)

Why can't the Sixers defend the three? Our analysts explain their thoughts in this week's Give and Go (see story).

The Sixers don't appear to be tanking now, but if they eventually do, they might be able to grab one of Amy Fadool's three top-five picks (see story).

Now, here is a quick wrap of notable action from around the association on Sunday:

Clippers rout Bulls
LOS ANGELES -- Jared Dudley scored a season-high 21 points, Chris Paul added 16 points and 17 assists, and the Los Angeles Clippers jumped all over the Chicago Bulls in Derrick 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.

Los Angeles finished strong in a stretch of four games in five days, posting the biggest margin of victory over Chicago in franchise history.

Luol Deng scored 22 points as the Bulls got off to a rough start to their latest stretch without Rose, who tore cartilage in his right knee Friday night in Portland (see full recap).

Nets drop fifth straight
NEW YORK -- They are the NBA's most expensive team, filled with All-Stars and the belief they can contend for a championship.

Here's what else the Brooklyn Nets are at the moment: a last-place disappointment.

"Tough times right now," forward Kevin Garnett said.

They got tougher Sunday, when reserve Rodney Stuckey scored a season-high 27 points in the Detroit Pistons' 109-97 victory that sent the Nets to a fifth straight loss and sole possession of the Atlantic Division basement.

The Nets, with their enormous payroll and enormous expectations, fell to 3-10, a half-game behind the New York Knicks, and were hearing boos at Barclays Center in the second half.

"The ball's just bouncing the opponent's way right now and we've just got to stay together," coach Jason Kidd said (see full recap).

Suns hold off Magic
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Goran Dragic scored 23 points and Gerald Green added 20 to lead the Phoenix Suns to a 104-96 victory over the Orlando Magic on Sunday night.

Two days after stopping a four-game losing streak at Charlotte, the Suns took the lead early in the first quarter and never relinquished it.

Orlando trimmed what had been a 14-point deficit to three late in the fourth quarter. However, Channing Frye made a difficult jumper and Dragic scored the game's next seven points to put it away.

Dragic made 10 of 17 shots and also had 13 assists. Frye finished with 14 points and seven rebounds.

Nikola Vucevic led Orlando with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Reserve Andrew Nicholson had 19 and Aaron Afflalo added 16 for the Magic, who have lost four straight games and seven of eight overall (see full recap).