Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/18/12
LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Clippers followed a familiar path to their fifth consecutive victory and their seventh in nine games to start the season. Their bench gave them a jolt of energy early in the game and their best player took over down the stretch. Jamal Crawford and the Clippers' explosive second unit helped to turn a close game with the Chicago Bulls into a runway before halftime, earning a 101-80 win Saturday night in the Staples Center. Crawford, a reserve shooting guard who has led the Clippers in scoring through the season's first nine games, scored 22 points on 6-of-10 shooting from the field in only 27 minutes, 22 seconds. The Clippers' bench outscored the Bulls' subs by a commanding 53-25. At one point in the second half, the Clippers led the battle of the benches 40-8. "We came in and we try to do our job," Crawford said. "We understand in this league starters will go back and forth. So it's up to the bench to gain an advantage, or if we have the lead, t...
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