The Los Angeles Lakers and Chicago Bulls are kicking the 2011-12 NBA season off in a big way at the Staples Center with a back-and-forth, hotly contested game. Heading into the final quarter, The Lakers are holding a slim 69-68 lead.
The Lakers were able to take a 65-63 lead, their first of the second half, with 4:58 left in the third quarter. A nine-foot jumper by Kobe Bryant tied it 63-63. Bryant stole a bad pass from Derrick Rose and passed it over to Derek Fisher for the layup and the lead.
A three-pointer by Rose and layup from Luol Deng gave the Bulls a 68-67 lead with 2:50 left in the quarter. Steve Blake grabbed a rebound with 0:34 left and got it over to Josh McRoberts for a big dunk to take a 69-68 lead that they would hang on to until the quarter ended.