The Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Chicago Bulls, 96-90, on Wednesday night at the United Center. Lou Williams and Jordan Clarkson established another impressive performance off the bench, each scoring 18 points.
The Lakers played without two starters, D’Angelo Russell, and Nick Young, due to injuries. They had an early 4-0 start, but the Bulls didn’t let them continue their dominance. The Bulls went on a 6-0 run. The Lakers were struggling on both ends, resulting for the Bulls to end the first quarter with an 11-point lead, 28-17.
Lou Williams and Brandon Ingram stepped up for the Lakers in the second, cutting the lead to one. However, Jimmy Butler became more aggressive and completed a three-point play. Luke Walton’s second unit managed to impress once again. Clarkson and Williams both scored eight points while Larry Nance Jr. added six points, ending the first half 47-47.
Jose Calderon helped the Lakers regain the lead in the third. Rajon Rondo hit a three-pointer and the Bulls were up again 57-52. The Lakers managed to answer on the offensive end, but the Bulls took advantage of their poor defense. The Bulls headed into the fourth quarter with a three-point lead.
Nance Jr, Clarkson, and Thomas Robinson all contributed for the Lakers to get the lead back. Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg was forced to call a timeout. Butler stepped up for the Bulls in the final minutes of the game. He hit a three-pointer and tied the game at 90 with 1:30 left. Julius Randle notched a crucial shot to give the Lakers a two-point lead.
Williams went to the line once again and managed to knock down only one, resulting in 93-90. Butler missed an open three-point shot that would’ve tied the game with 15 seconds left. Randle hit both free throws, resulting for the Lakers to beat the Bulls, 96-90.
“I guarantee you that won’t be the last time I take a shot like that. That’s what the (practice) gym is for,” Butler said. “I don’t think that will happen again.”
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