Final / OT

Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 12/17

Game 1: Wednesday, December 17th
Game 2: Wednesday, January 28th

Clippers 109

(7-18, 4-8 away)

Bulls 115

(12-13, 9-3 home)

    Coverage: WCIU

    8:30 PM ET, December 17, 2008

    United Center, Chicago, IL

    1 2 3 4 OT T
    LAC 26 21 33 26 3109
    CHI 26 30 21 29 9115

    Top Performers

    LAC: M. Camby 19 Pts, 27 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl, 4 Blk

    Chi: A. Nocioni 22 Pts, 4 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Gordon forces OT and Rose steps up to lift Bulls

    Associated Press

    CHICAGO -- After a costly call in an overtime loss, things turned around in hurry for the Chicago Bulls in another extra period.

    Derrick Rose converted a decisive three-point play in overtime, and Ben Gordon made a four-point play with 20.5 seconds left in regulation in the Bulls' 115-109 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday night.

    Fast Facts

    • The Bulls bench outscored the Clippers reserves 43-7, helping overcome a strong game from the Clippers' starting five, who each scored between 16 and 30 points.

    • Marcus Camby had 19 points, 27 rebounds and four blocks in the loss.

    • The Bulls, playing into OT for the second straight night, snapped a four-game home losing streak vs the Clippers.

    -- ESPN research

    On Wednesday night, with the Bulls leading Charlotte by three points late in regulation, Rose fouled D.J. Augustin on a 3-point attempt. Augustin made three free throws to send the game in overtime and the Bobcats eventually won.

    But on Wednesday night with Chicago down four, Rose watched as Ben Gordon was fouled by fellow rookie Eric Gordon. Ben Gordon hit the three and the free throw to send the game in overtime.

    "It happened to me the other night," Rose said. "He made a rookie mistake. It was just a regular mistake, I won't say a rookie mistake. He reached and Ben took advantage of it."

    Unlike Rose, who was critical of the call Tuesday, Eric Gordon had no comment on the call following the game.

    The Bulls fell behind 109-106 in overtime, but came back on Luol Deng's consecutive jumpers. Deng's second jumper gave the Bulls a 110-109 lead with 1:09 left. After Andres Nocioni took an offensive foul on Zach Randolph, Derrick Rose closed it out for the Bulls by driving the lane to convert a three-point play that made it 113-109 with 42.6 seconds to go.

    Randolph thought Nocioni flopped on the play and he thought the NBA officials have an idea of Nocioni's tendencies.

    "And the refs know that and I don't understand," Randolph said.

    Nocioni and Ben Gordon each had 22 points to help Chicago improve to 9-3 at home. The Bulls scored the final nine points in overtime.

    "It was not pretty at times, but we found a way to win," Bulls coach Vinny Del Negro said. "After the overtime loss [Tuesday] and getting in overtime tonight, I could not be happier for the guys."

    Los Angeles' Marcus Camby had a career-high 27 rebounds and scored 19 points, and Randolph finished with 30 points, eight rebounds and six assists. The Clippers also lost in overtime to Charlotte on Tuesday night.

    Camby also was irked by Nocioni's play.

    "It's frustrating because everybody in the league, everybody in the building knows what he does," Camby said. "He flops, but he got the benefited of the call tonight so we just have to take this one on the chin and we have try to regroup and we have two more games on this road trip."

    The loss snapped the Clippers' winning streak at three. All five Los Angeles starters played 40-plus minutes, while their backups were outscored 43-7.

    Camby dominated the paint and grabbed his 20th rebound late in the third quarter.

    With the Clippers down 99-96 late in the fourth quarter, Randolph scored four straight to give Los Angeles the lead. After Gordon's basket for the Bulls, Al Thornton had a layup and Camby had a tip-in to make it 104-101.

    Randolph extended the Clippers' lead to four at 106-102 with a pair of free throws with 25.1 left in regulation, but Gordon it with his four-point play with 20.5 left in regulation. With Gordon leaning in, Eric Gordon fouled him at the top of the key and Ben Gordon followed with a free throw to tie it.

    "I just got a little freedom on that pick by Drew [Gooden]. I just drived to shoot it and fortunately Eric Gordon grabbed my arm and I was able to finish," said Ben Gordon.

    Thornton missed a baseline jumper for the Clippers with 0.5 seconds left. The Bulls failed to win the game in regulation when they couldn't convert an alley-oop from a sideline pass.

    Game notes

    Bulls G Kirk Hinrich had a pin taken out of his right thumb on Wednesday. He had surgery on his thumb and there in no timetable on his return. He has missed 17 games. ... Bulls F Tyrus Thomas suffered a concussion in the second quarter and did not return. He had two points in 6 minutes. He will not make the trip to Boston on Friday. ... Nocioni briefly changed the momentum of the game in favor of the Bulls when he blocked Mike Taylor's dunk midway through the fourth quarter.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 109 115
    FGM-FGA 41-96 (.427) 41-91 (.451)
    3PM-3PA 4-18 (.222) 7-17 (.412)
    FTM-FTA 23-30 (.767) 26-33 (.788)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 20-55 9-39
    Assists 24 23
    Turnovers 16 11
    Steals 4 7
    Blocks 8 8
    Fast Break Points 12 12
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 24 (1/0) 21 (1/0)
    Largest Lead 10 12

    Top Performers

    Los Angeles
    Marcus Camby Camby
    Points: 19
    Reb: 27
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 4
    Andres Nocioni Nocioni
    Points: 22
    Reb: 4
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 1