LOS ANGELES – Chris Paul guaranteed the Staples Center crowd before Friday’s game that this would be a fun season. Blake Griffin promised to make this a season they wouldn’t forget. And for the opening 12 minutes, the Clippers did their best to make the Clipper faithful — those wearing the free “Game On” red T-shirts — forget the previous bad seasons with electric passes and spectacular dunks. By the end, however, the Clippers gave the sold-out crowd a forgettable 114-101 loss to the Chicago Bulls. Yet, there were plenty of highlights to tide Clippers fans over until the next game Sunday. Griffin scored 34 points, including several of his trademark high-flying dunks off of passes from Paul. Three other Clippers scored in double figures. Paul, who came to L.A. in a trade with the New Orleans Hornets, made his home Clippers debut with 15 points and 14 assists. He struggled in his first two games in a Clippers uniform, shooting less than 40 percent against Golden State and San Antonio. On Friday, he stepped up his offense, hitting 7 of 14 field goals. Coach Vinny Del Negro said the Clippers simply made too many mistakes on defense, committed too many turnovers (11) and were outrebounded, 45-31, by the more experienced Bulls. “Statistically, we shot the ball well enough, but rebounding is an issue,” Del Negro said. “DeAndre (Jordan) got into foul trouble and that hurts right now with our depth there, but other guys stepped in. “Then in the fourth quarter, they jumped on us and we were playing catch-up.” The Clippers, who lost to San Antonio on Wednesday by 15 points, appeared ready to take on the road-weary Bulls, who have been on the West Coast for six days. Feeding off the energy inside the packed arena, they jumped out to 7-0 lead. But they couldn’t sustain that high, as the Bulls eventually took a 29-28 lead on a hook shot by reigning MVP Derrick Rose with 31 seconds in the first quarter. Rose finished with 29 points and 16 assists and eight rebounds, while teammate Luol Deng and Joakim Noah each added 19 points and eight rebounds. The Clippers managed to stay with the Bulls for the next two-plus quarters. But with Caron Butler, Brian Cook and Jordan in foul trouble for most of the game, they succumbed in the fourth quarter as the Bulls pulled away.