The 2011-12 NBA season is finally upon us at long last. The Los Angeles Lakers are helping to kick off the season on Christmas Day as they host the Chicago Bulls. At the end of the first quarter, the Lakers trail 22-20.
The Lakers held a four-point lead for much of the first quarter, but the Bulls closed out the frame by going on a 12-to-2 run, taking the lead when C.J. Watson drained a three-pointer with less than a minute to go. Pau Gasol had a shot at reclaiming the lead but missed a three-point attempt with under 0:30 left.
Kobe Bryant, despite dealing with a wrist injury, is leading the charge for the Lakers, as is to be expected. He and Pau Gasol are putting on a two-man show for the home team through the opening quarter. Kobe currently has six points, three rebounds and an assist and Pau is 4-for-7 with eight points.
Chicago's leading scorer thus far is center Joakim Noah, with six points. The reigning NBA MVP, Derrick Rose, is off to a slow start, only clocking in five minutes on the court. Rose is 0-for-1 from the floor.