Chicago 88, L.A. Lakers 87

Boxscore | Recap
Sunday, December 25, 2011 5:00 PM
Location - Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
Officials - #47 Bennie Adams, #72 Kevin Cutler, #57 Greg Willard
Attendance - 18997

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
Chicago 22 34 12 20 88
L.A. Lakers 20 29 20 18 87

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Chicago 1-0 0-0 1-0 W1
L.A. Lakers 0-1 0-1 0-0 L1

Recap


Derrick Rose hit a runner in the lane with 4.8 seconds left and finished with 22 points as the Chicago Bulls overcame an 11-point deficit in the fourth quarter to pull out an 88-87 victory over the host Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday.

Luol Deng collected 21 points and seven rebounds and blocked Kobe Bryant’s desperation floater attempt as the buzzer sounded.

Bryant shook off a torn wrist ligament to collect 28 points, seven rebounds and six assists but also committed eight turnovers, including one with 16 seconds left that led to Rose’ game-winner.

Los Angeles struggled on the defensive end against younger, quicker Chicago in the first half, allowing it to shoot 58.5 percent from the floor and jump out to a 56-49 lead at the break.

But the Lakers made an adjustment at the half and tightened up, holding Chicago to 12 points in the third and going into the final frame up, 69-68, when Josh McRoberts dunked off a feed from Steve Blake.

An 11-2 burst over the first seven minutes of the fourth quarter extended the lead to double-digits.

The Bulls made a move to get back into it and cut it to 87-86 with 20.4 seconds remaining after Deng completed a three-point play and then buried two more free throws on the next possession.

Top Game Performances

Chicago   L.A. Lakers
Derrick Rose 22 Scoring Kobe Bryant 28
Derrick Rose 5 Assists Kobe Bryant 6
Joakim Noah 9 Rebounds Pau Gasol 8
Luol Deng 6 Free Throws Made Kobe Bryant 6
Luol Deng 4 Steals Kobe Bryant 2
Carlos Boozer 1 Blocks Pau Gasol 3

Team Stats Summary

Team Points FG% 3PM-3PA FTM-FTA Assists Rebounds Blocks Steals Turnovers
Chicago 88 40.4 7-15 9-14 21 41 4 14 14
L.A. Lakers 87 47.4 4-16 11-20 22 42 8 6 17

Upcoming Games

  • L.A. Lakers will play their next game on the road against Sacramento. The Lakers have a W/L % of .000 after a win and .000 after a loss.
  • Chicago will play their next game on the road against Golden State . The Bulls have a W/L % of 1.000 after a win and .000 after a loss.
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