Once considered the red-headed stepchild of the NBA, the Clippers are back with a vengeance. Well, maybe more of a tepid . With a 110-98 win over the Bulls at the StaplesCenter last night, the Clippers pulled to .500 for the season.

But despite their resurgence over the past two years, the Bulls were still horribly embarrassed to lose to the Clippers.

“This hurts real bad, man,” Bulls big man Ben Wallace, who sat out due to a knee injury, said. “Seriously, the Clippers? I’d rather lose to a girls’ high school team than the crappy-ass Clippers.”

The Bulls did show signs of life after coming back from a 16-point deficit to tie the game in the fourth, but decided to crap the bed instead. They allowed the Clippers go on a 12-0 and did not score for three minutes at the end of the game.

“We beat ourselves out there tonight.” Wallace said. “We missed a buttload of shots my son could’ve made and captain Kirk [Hinrich] didn’t help with his flagrant foul. Seriously? The Clippers? This is going to be a long trip.”

Number of the night: 6
Bulls road wins so far this season. Watch for that number to increase by a whopping one or two after this seven-game trip.

heckler editorial staff