Lakers Fall To Bulls, Have Lost Five Of Seven Games

The Lakers were outscored 24-10 in the second quarter.

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Lakers Lose To Bulls, 88-84

Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Derrick Rose poured in 29 points, including nine in the fourth quarter, as the Bulls snapped a seven-game series skid against the Los Angeles Lakers with an 88-84 triumph at United Center. Carlos Boozer tallied 10 points and 11 rebounds for the Bulls, who have won four in a row overall. This was their first victory over the Lakers since December 19, 2006 in the Windy City. Luol Deng netted 14 points and Kyle Korver 13 in the win. Rose also had nine assists.

Kobe Bryant had 23 points and seven assists for the Lakers, who had a season- low in scoring and had a three-game winning streak broken. Bryant (26,398) moved into 11th place on the NBA's all-time scoring list, passing John Havlicek (26,395). Dominique Wilkins (26,668) is in 10th place. Pau Gasol added 21 points, eight boards and four blocks for the Lakers, while Lamar Odom contributed 18 points and eight rebounds.

Korver's two free throws widened Chicago's lead to 81-69 with 4:38 remaining, but the Bulls got sloppy with turnovers. That allowed the Lakers to rally and Derek Fisher's three-ball from the left corner drew LA within 83-80 with 48.4 seconds left. Rose then took matters into his own hands, dribbling between two defenders before rising up to hit a foul-line jumper with 25.2 seconds left.

A put-back from Matt Barnes had the visitors within three again with 16.2 seconds left, but Rose made 1-of-2 from the charity stripe with 14.9 on the clock for an 86-82 margin. Bryant then split the difference on his two free throws with 11.9 seconds left, and Chicago sealed the win at the foul line when Ronnie Brewer made two with 10.7 ticks left.

The Lakers surged to a 13-point lead in the first quarter. Odom's put-back jam moved the score to 22-9. The Bulls trailed 22-12 after 12 minutes, but limited the Lakers to four made field goals in the second. Rose and Korver combined for 17 points in the period, helping Chicago gain the lead going into halftime. The Bulls closed the half on a 19-3 spurt with Rose's floater ending the half for a 36-32 difference.

It was tight for most of the third quarter, but the Bulls pulled away late in the period and led by as many as 10 before going to the fourth with a 66-58 advantage. Brewer, who had 10 points, made all six of his foul shots...Barnes had 10 points and seven rebounds...LA went 3-of-13 from three-point range...The Bulls improved to 11-3 this season when they hold their opponents under 100 points.


Lakers Vs. Bulls: L.A. Begins Travel Portion Of Seven-Game Road Trip

(Sports Network) - A classic rivalry between the Los Angeles Lakers and Chicago Bulls will continue this evening from the United Center, as both teams put three-game winning streaks on the line.

Los Angeles won the first meeting, 98-91, on Nov. 23 this season at Staples Center behind 21 points from both Shannon Brown and Lamar Odom. Kobe Bryant netted 20 points in that one to push LA's winning streak in this series to seven straight games. The two-time defending NBA champion Lakers sport a 12-3 mark in the previous 15 matchups between the teams and are unbeaten in their last three trips to the Windy City.

The Lakers have won three in a row overall since a season-worst four-game losing streak and opened a seven-game road trip with Wednesday's 87-86 triumph over the local rival Clippers. Derek Fisher made a driving layup as time expired and Bryant scored 24 points for the Lakers, who improved to 6-4 as the visitor this season and got 16 points from Brown. Bryant sank the initial go- ahead basket with 22.8 seconds off one of four Ron Artest steals.

"When I caught the ball I knew I had three seconds left," said Fisher, who has played in 435 consecutive regular season games dating back to April 15, 2005 -- the longest consecutive games streak among all active NBA players. "I had to get the ball high off the glass. I was fortunate to get it off in time."

Pau Gasol tallied 10 points and 10 boards in a winning cause. Los Angeles will also visit the Nets, Wizards, Pacers, Sixers and Raptors on the excursion.

Chicago has prevailed in each of its last three games and will kick off a three-game homestand Friday versus the Lakers, Timberwolves and Pacers. It is 7-2 as the host this season.

The Bulls kept their winning ways intact with an 88-83 triumph at Cleveland on Wednesday, as Derrick Rose finished with 29 points and eight assists to lead the way. Joakim Noah notched 13 points and 14 rebounds, while Luol Deng also scored 13 points to go with six boards.

"We're grateful for this win, it just goes onto our record," Rose said. "But we know when we're in this position like this, we have to find ways to just put teams down, step on them and make sure they don't have any confidence to come back."

Deng has scored in double-digits 16 games in a row. Sharpshooter Kyle Korver ended with 12 points and newcomer Carlos Boozer didn't do much with four points and three rebounds in just over 20 minutes of action. Boozer sat the entire fourth quarter. Chicago won despite committing 16 turnovers.

The Bulls are 10-3 this season when they hold their opponents under 100 points.

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