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Friday, January 24th (All times Eastern)

Los Angeles Clippers (29-15) at Chicago Bulls (21-20), 8 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Chicago Bulls have played excellent basketball of late and they'll need to again on Friday night when they welcome the Los Angeles Clippers to the United Center.

The Bulls have won three straight and are 9-2 since New Year's Day. Chicago is 7-2 since trading All-Star forward Luol Deng.

On Wednesday, the Bulls knocked off Deng and his Cleveland Cavaliers, 98-87, in Cleveland.

D.J. Augustin scored a game-high 27 points and dished out seven assists to help lead the Bulls. Taj Gibson, filling in for an injured Carlos Boozer (calf), matched his career-high with 26 points, Mike Dunleavy added 22 and Joakim Noah finished with nine points, 18 rebounds and six assists for the Bulls.

"I think we're getting better and improving. We're playing good basketball right now, they're a good team. They crash the boards hard and battle. I'm just happy we won," Noah said.

The Bulls have become the fifth over-.500 team in the Eastern Conference and inched into the fifth spot. They are 12 back of the Pacers in the Central, and the Bulls hit the road for seven of their next eight after Friday night.

The Clippers are on their fifth game of a seven-gam road odyssey. They are 2-2 thus far with wins over the New York Knicks and Detroit Pistons, but losses against the Indiana Pacers and Charlotte Bobcats.

The most recent outing was the setback to Charlotte on Wednesday.

Blake Griffin, who was voted a starter for the Western Conference All-Star team, netted 27 points, but just one in the fourth quarter. Jamal Crawford scored 20 points and DeAndre Jordan snatched 20 rebounds for Los Angeles, which fell to 6-3 since losing point guard Chris Paul to a shoulder injury.

"We weren't hitting a lot of shots tonight and Blake saved us for a long time," Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. "Then they started trapping him."

J.J. Redick (15) and Darren Collison (12) also scored in double figures for the Clippers. Unfortunately, Jordan and Matt Barnes, LA's other two starters, combined for eight points.

The Clippers have to visit the Toronto Raptors and Milwaukee Bucks on this Grammy trip.

The Clips demolished the Bulls by 39 at the Staples Center on Nov. 24 and have taken three in a row and six of eight in this series. LA has won seven of its last eight matchups in Chicago.

01/24 10:26:59 ET

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UWGB 66
ECU 49
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CHA 75
LAC 83
 
4th
CHA 75
LAC 83
 
4th
CLE 88
ORL 58
 
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PHI 84
POR 96
 
3rd
TOR 58
PHO 54
 
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HOU 41
NYK 32
 
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DAL 16
IND 15
 
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UWGB 66
ECU 49
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WEBER 59
NEV 56
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FRES 52
EVAN 58
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KYST 88
PURD 79
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LSU 61
CLEM 64
Final
ALCOR 95
DILL 73
 
Final
CHIST 46
UGST 69
Final
DET 69
MDES 55
 
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ARZ 72
MIZZ 53
 
Final
INDST 61
PEAY 57
 
Final
FLGC 58
MAR 43
 
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LALAF 52
UWMIL 56
 
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ODU 58
GWEBB 46
 
2nd
MD 75
ARST 73
 
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TOL 92
BUCK 65
 
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JMU 71
COL 67
 
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WINT 54
ETST 52
 
2nd
GSOUT 69
FIU 61
 
Final
BST 88
GRAM 46
 
2nd
APP 66
HAMP 55
 
2nd
MAST 59
JVU 69
 
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XAV 89
MURST 62
 
2nd
WAKE 65
NICST 33
 
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MSU 74
SCU 39
 
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LOU 87
SAV 26
 
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TENT 81
SELA 62
 
2nd
VCU 47
VILL 64
 
3rd
OU 64
WCU 64
 
2nd
IND 54
EWASH 42
 
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ILL 31
BRO 35
 
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MSST 29
CLAYST 18
 
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BEL 41
LIP 27
 
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TCU 60
MVSU 20
 
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IOWA 35
PEPP 30
 
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MEM 38
PVU 23
 
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KU 51
RIDE 22
 
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BAY 33
STEPH 22
 
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INCWORD 51
A 34
 
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USF 16
HAW 14
 
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ORST 10
 
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PHI 0
 
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BOS 2
PIT 2
 
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FLA 1
MIN 2
 
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DET 2
OTT 1
 
3rd
BUF 17
NYJ 3
 
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NOS 0
BAL 7