NBA Game Summary - LA Lakers at Chicago
(Saturday, March 21st)
Final Score: LA Lakers 117, Chicago 109
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Kobe Bryant scored 28, dished out seven assists and had five steals, as the Los Angeles Lakers began a seven-game road trip with a 117-109 win over the Chicago Bulls.
Pau Gasol chipped in 23 points and 10 rebounds for the Lakers, who used a 25-4 run in the fourth quarter to win for the fifth time in six games. Trevor Ariza netted 18 points and Lamar Odom 16 as the Lakers rallied from a 15-point third-quarter deficit.
Jordan Farmar scored eight of his 13 points during the crucial fourth quarter run.
"We just played with a little more intensity, a little more energy," said Farmar. "We were a step faster to the fall, coming over helping each other out defensively and just moving the ball offensively."
John Salmons tallied 30 points for the Bulls, who had a three-game win streak broken. Derrick Rose scored 25, Ben Gordon 16, and Tyrus Thomas totaled 15 points and 16 boards in defeat.
"We were just turning the ball over. When you do that any team is going to beat you in this league," said Rose.
Despite the loss, the Bulls remained a game ahead of Charlotte for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, but Milwaukee and New Jersey are lurking just 1 1/2 games behind the eighth slot.
Gordon's two foul shots, including one on a technical from LA's Sasha Vujacic, expanded Chicago's lead to 89-81 in the opening minute of the fourth. The Lakers then had a monster run.
A Luke Walton layup started the burst and Odom's three-ball tied the game. Rose hit a layup, but Walton's three-point play boosted the Lakers to the lead with under 10 minutes left.
Gordon came back with two foul shots, but LA scored the next 14 points, including eight from Farmar and he capped the flurry with a jam, moving the lead to 106-93 with nearly 4 1/2 minutes to go.
Salmons sank a layup in the closing minute of the opening quarter, expanding Chicago's lead to 34-24. His three-pointer at the end of the half moved the hosts to a 62-48 lead and his free throw in the opening minute of the third established another 15-point difference.
The Lakers scored the ensuing 12 points, half of them on long distance shots from Ariza and Derek Fisher, but Chicago came back to establish an 87-81 edge moving to the fourth.
This was the 725th game Phil Jackson coached for the Lakers, tying him with John Kundla for second in franchise history. Only Pat Riley (727) is ahead of Jackson, who can reach Riley's mark March 26 at Detroit and will stand alone in first when the Lakers visit New Jersey on March 27...Brad Miller scored 10 for the Bulls...The Lakers have won the last four meetings.
03/22 01:02:34 ET