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Michael Mulford

Player grades: Another late-game blunder leads to loss vs. Clippers

The Chicago Bulls failed to capitalize once again down the stretch in clutch situation as they fell to the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday night, 108-103.

Chicago jumped out to a double-digit lead in the opening quarter, taking a 12-point lead into the second quarter but the Clippers bounced back in the second quarter, cutting the Bulls halftime lead to just four points.

The two teams traded buckets back-and-forth throughout the second half as the game came down to the final seconds of the game, where Alex Caruso failed to inbounds the ball to Zach LaVine with five seconds remaining as Kawhi Leonard steals the ball and clinches the game for Los Angeles.

Nikola Vucevic led the way for Chicago with 23 points, 14 rebounds, four assists and two steals.

Check out the player grades from Chicago’s loss below.

DeMar DeRozan: B-

On Tuesday, DeMar DeRozan finished with 20 points, two rebounds, five assists, one steal, and one block on 8-of-19 shooting from the field. Deebo struggled to protect the basketball in the loss, turning the ball over a season-high eight times.

Zach LaVine: B+

Zach LaVine scored 18 points on 6-of-14 from the field and 3-of-5 from downtown while grabbing a career-high 14 rebounds and dishing out eight assists.

Nikola Vucevic: A-

Vooch led the way for the Bulls in Tuesday’s loss, finishing with 23 points, 14 rebounds, four assists, and two steals on 10-of-15 shooting from the field and 3-of-6 from 3-point range.

Ayo Dosunmu: B

In 27 minutes on Tuesday, Ayo Dosunmu finished with 11 points, three rebounds, and four assists on 4-of-7 shooting from the field.

Patrick Williams: B

Patrick Williams finished with 11 points, six rebounds, one assist, and one block on 4-of-8 shooting from the floor, including a monster slam over Clippers guard Terance Mann.

Alec Caruso: A

Alex Caruso filled the stat sheet on Tuesday, finishing with 10 points, two rebounds, three assists, two steals, and two blocks in 23 minutes off the bench as his name has been subject to trade rumors as the deadline is just one week away.

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