CHICAGO (AP) – Demar DeRazan scored 50 points per season, and the Chicago Bulls rallied to beat the Los Angeles Clippers 135-130 in overtime on Thursday night.
Derozan ended his career by two points embarrassed. The five-time All-Star Game scored 17 in the fourth quarter, but missed a free throw in the final seconds of the main match after the first two attempts to equalize.
He then scored 10 in overtime, which helped the Bulls win, which they desperately need after falling behind by 16 in the third period.
Chicago, which spearheaded the Eastern Conference for much of the season, was ahead of Toronto, which ranks sixth, halfway ahead of Toronto, leaving five. The Bulls are trying to stay in the top six to avoid a game round in the postseason.
Nikola Vuchevich added 22 points and 14 rebounds. Zach LaVine scored 21 when the Bulls won for the third time in four games.
Reggie Jackson topped Los Angeles with 34 points.
Paul George scored 22 in his second game back after missing three months due to a ruptured elbow collateral ligament in his right elbow.
Marcus Morris Sr. added 20 points and Nicholas Batum scored 17. But the Clippers – eighth in the West – lost for the sixth time in seven games.
In overtime, “Chicago” led by four when Luke Kennard scored 3 behind Los Angeles with a score of 1:12. Patrick Williams answered one of his own and made the score 129-125, remaining just under a minute.
Jackson then made two fouls for the Clippers before Derosan converted two and made the score 131-127.
Williams bounced back when Jackson missed the drive, which led to two more free throws by Derozan, making the game a six-pointer. Jackson scored 3 to cut it to 133-130 five seconds to go.
Derozan caught the pass at the entrance after the Bulls timeout and held a dunk, securing Chicago’s wild victory.
Early in the fourth the Clippers cut to four and returned the score to 11 in about five minutes before the Bulls made another push.
Los Angeles led 118-115 seven seconds before the start of the regulation when Terrence Mann was called for a foul away from the ball at the entrance after a time-out. This led to Derozan’s free throw, which reduced him to two and possession of Chicago.
Derozan then got a foul on George in a 3-point attempt 3.5 seconds to go. He made the first two foul throws to equalize at 118 and missed the third by sending the game into overtime.
Clippers: Batum (left ankle hurts) and Morris (left knee hurts) played well after being put on the questionable list.
Bulls: G Lonzo Ball (left knee) will start stepping up the sprint at full speed and resume sharp after a 10-day break due to discomfort, said coach Billy Donavan. Ball’s answer will determine when – or when – he returns this season. In January, Ball underwent surgery to repair a torn meniscus. “I didn’t get anything from doctors who would say to me like,‘ Listen, there’s just not enough time. We can’t bring him back. ” They will do their best to try to get it back, “Donavan said. Chicago closes the regular season in Minnesota on April 10.
Clippers: Visit Milwaukee on Friday.
Bulls: Take Miami on Saturday.