Bulls end losing streak against Lakers franchise, beat LA for first time since 2016 GMA News Online
DeMar DeRozan scored a season-high 38 points on 15 of 23 shots and Lonzo Ball also set a season high with 27 points as the visiting Chicago Bulls ended an eight-game losing streak against the Los Angeles Lakers with an easy 121-103 triumph Monday night.
It was the second big outing in two nights for DeRozan, a Los Angeles-area native who played Staples Center for the first two times since his father died earlier this year. DeRozan scored 35 points on 12 of 16 shots in Sunday’s 100-90 win over the Los Angeles Clippers.
Ball tied his season high of seven at 3 points and was 10 of 13 in the field while also contributing eight assists and seven rebounds for the Bulls. Zach LaVine knocked down six 3-pointers while scoring 26 points and Derrick Jones Jr. scored 13 points on 6 of 7 shots for Chicago, who beat the Lakers for the first time since registering a road 118- win. 110 on November 20. , 2016.
Talen Horton-Tucker scored a career-high 28 points and Russell Westbrook recorded 25 points, eight assists and six rebounds for the Lakers, who are just 8-7 despite opening the season with 12 out of 15 at home. LeBron James (abdominal sprain) was absent for the seventh consecutive game.
Anthony Davis had 20 points and six rebounds before shooting his second technical foul with 2:20 left in the third quarter to earn a ejection.
Chicago, which led up to 28 points, had 55.1% of its shots and was 15 of 34 at 3 points.
Los Angeles shot 45.6% from the field and was a porous 6 of 32 behind the arc.
The Lakers were down six to less than two minutes into the third quarter before Chicago sidelined the game with a 33-14 explosion.
LaVine capped a 9-0 push to start the run with a jumper to bring the score to 68-53 with 8:45 to go.
Davis made two free throws with 2:43 left for his last points of the night as Los Angeles trailed 83-66. The Bulls scored nine of the next 10 points with Tony Bradley’s layup pushing the lead to 92-67 with 1:14 remaining.
Chicago led 94-73 entering the final stanza and Ball’s seventh 3-point pointer pushed the margin to 26 with 5:40 to go as the Bulls convincingly ended their struggles against the Lakers.
DeRozan scored 22 points in the first half and LaVine added 17 as the Bulls held a 57-48 lead at halftime.
—Media on the ground / Reuters
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