Clippers picturing one-two punch from forwards Danilo Gallinari, Tobias Harris

Broderick Turner, Los Angeles Times on

Published in Basketball

LOS ANGELES -- The sample size was just one game, but that was enough to give the Los Angeles Clippers hope that forwards Danilo Gallinari and Tobias Harris can become a dual threat at their position.

They combined for 48 points on 18-for-33 shooting, including six of 11 from three-point range, in their first game together since Harris was dealt to the club as part of the Blake Griffin trade from the Detroit Pistons.

Gallinari, the power forward, had 24 points on eight-for-14 shooting, three of five from long range in a 113-103 victory Saturday over the Chicago Bulls.

Harris, the small forward, also had 24 points on 10-for-19 shooting, making three of six three-pointers.

"I think if you look around the league now, that's the name of the game, is having dual forwards who play different positions and they feed off each other," Harris said Saturday afternoon. "I played with a guy Marcus Morris (in Detroit) who was able to create mismatches. So I have a good feel for that and I think we really complement each other well out there."

Gallinari and Harris frequently ran pick-and-roll plays with each other, often finding themselves wide open in the process.

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They even worked together with DeAndre Jordan, both Gallinari and Harris coming off screens set by the center.

"Tobias and Gallo were phenomenal tonight," Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. "It's just trying to figure out what you have with those two. Early on, when we start the three guys -- Gallo, Tobias and D.J. -- you're going to have to put a three (small forward) on one of them. And we took advantage of that by posting up Tobias. So you're going to have a matchup that you can create every night. I thought the switching with that size was great."

The Clippers now have to keep building on what they established against the Bulls. The Dallas Mavericks are next for the Clippers on Monday night at Staples Center.

The team will then take Tuesday off and practice Wednesday and Thursday.


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