NBA Game Summary - Chicago at LA Lakers
(Sunday, November 18th)
Final Score: LA Lakers 106, Chicago 78
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Kobe Bryant needed to score only 18 points as the Los Angeles Lakers beat up on the Chicago Bulls, 106-78, at the Staples Center.
Bryant hit 6-of-16 shots, playing just over 32 minutes, and wasn't even on the floor as the club went on a game-clinching 18-0 run over the final two quarters to take control of the game.
Andrew Bynum and Jordan Farmar each scored 14 points, with Bynum adding 10 boards to complete his double-double, for the Lakers, who have won three straight, including both games during their brief homestand. Chris Mihm had 11 points and seven boards and Vladimir Radmanovic also recorded 11 points for Los Angeles, which has won four of five overall.
Ben Gordon scored 20 points to lead the Bulls, who split the Staples Center portion of their current six-game road trip. Andres Nocioni added 14 points and six boards for Chicago, which had beaten the Clippers on this court on Saturday night, 92-73.
No other player scored in double figures for the Bulls, who fell to 1-2 on their current road trip and also fell for the seventh time in nine outings this season.
Los Angeles grabbed control in the third quarter, opening the half with a 15-2 run. Bryant scored seven points during the burst, capping it with a layup at the 5:23 mark for a 60-48 lead.
Then, ahead just three points, 63-60, the Lakers scored the final 12 points of the frame and first six of the fourth quarter to take a comfortable lead.
Believe it or not, Bryant didn't record a point during the 18-0 run, as it was Farmar who had seven points to guide the Lakers to a 75-60 lead after three quarters and it was Mihm who converted a pair of dunks to end the burst for an 81-60 cushion.
"Our first half wasn't good at all," said Lakers head coach Phil Jackson. "I'm surprised the crowd was still there in the second half. Our bench came in and did a good job. Chicago played last night and there's something to be said about that."
Chicago, which fell to 1-4 on the road this season, never threatened after that as the Lakers won going away.
"Both teams were sluggish at the beginning and at some point someone was going to pull away and they did," said Chicago head coach Scott Skiles. "We didn't play well tonight."
The Lakers did get some bad news as center Kwame Brown left the game with a sprained left ankle and left knee when Chicago center Ben Wallace fell into his leg early in the first quarter.
Chicago led 21-16 after one quarter and went into halftime with a 46-45 edge.
LA improved to 4-2 at home this season...The Lakers bench scored 73 points...Chicago starters combined for just 47 points...LA outboarded the Bulls 51-38...Chicago hit just 34.8 percent of its shot while the Lakers went for 45.6 percent, including 47.1 percent (8-of-17) from three-point range.
11/19 00:29:04 ET