Coaches Jim Boylen and Doc Rivers ejected in the Bulls’ 128-121 loss to the Clippers


Danilo Gallinari scored 27 points, Montrezl Harrell added 26 and the Clippers rallied in a third quarter that saw both coaches ejected for arguing to beat the Bulls 128-121 on Friday night.

Doc Rivers and Jim Boylen were ejected after the coaches began arguing in the third quarter.

The Clippers led 91-76 with 1:10 remaining in the period when Boylen thought that Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell was too aggressive on an offensive foul and started yelling across the other side of the court at Rivers.

Both started arguing near their respective benches when official Jason Phillips assessed the first technical. Boylen and Rivers continued to argue, which caused Phillips to assess the second technical and an automatic ejection.

It is the second time Rivers has been ejected this season and the first for Boylen. Pete Meyers took over for the Bulls.

The Clippers trailed 63-57 at halftime, but took control in the third by scoring a season-high 45 points to go up 102-84 going into the fourth. They shot 40.8 percent from the field in the first half but was 16 of 24 in the third quarter and 5 of 8 on 3-pointers. The Clippers also had six steals and forced seven turnovers.

Zach LaVine led the Bulls with 31 points and Robin Lopez added 22. The Bulls have dropped four straight.

LaVine had his 46th game scoring 20 or more points this season. It is the fifth-highest single-season total by a Bulls player in the last 20 years.

The first half was a see-saw affair as it was tied 10 times and there were 22 lead changes. The Bulls led by as many as seven late in the first quarter as LaVine and Lopez each scored 10 points.

Gallinari scored 12 points in the quarter and Landry Shamet made three 3s. The Clippers opened the quarter with a 19-4 run and the lead reached 18 shortly before Rivers and Boylen were kicked out.

Lou Williams added 18 points for the Clippers, who have won six of their last seven games and nine of their last 12.

The Clippers trailed 35-31 early in the second quarter before scoring eight straight points to take its largest lead of the half. The Bulls rallied to take a six-point lead at halftime.

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