NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Tuesday, November 23rd (All times eastern)
Chicago Bulls (7-4) at Los Angeles Lakers (12-2), 10:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Chicago Bulls resume a grueling seven-game road trip at Staples Center Tuesday when they face off with the two-time defending champion Los Angeles Lakers.
The Bulls improved to 2-1 on their trek last Friday in Dallas when Derrick Rose overcame a bloody nose to score 22 points in an 88-83 Chicago win over the Mavericks.
Kyle Korver hit the go-ahead jumper inside two minutes left and Taj Gibson had a monster night with 17 points and a career-high 18 rebounds before fouling out. Joakim Noah contributed 10 points and 17 rebounds for the Bulls, who have won five of their last six games overall.
Korver ended with 14 points, one more than teammate CJ Watson as Chicago held a sizeable 59-34 edge on the glass.
"It feels great to win especially against an opponent like Dallas. That is the beauty of this team. We try to find a way and we are gritty," Noah said. "We fight and I think we should have won a few more games, but we are now starting to win some of those especially on the road and it just shows the character of this team."
The Bulls will finish their long trip with visits to Phoenix, Denver and Sacramento.
The Lakers, meanwhile, earned their fourth straight win on Sunday against Golden State when Pau Gasol had a perfect shooting night, going 10-for-10 from the field and 8-for-8 from the foul line en route to a 28-point, nine-rebound effort, leading Los Angeles past the Warriors, 117-89.
"I'm not sure if I've done it before," said Gasol of not missing a shot. "I had a feeling I didn't miss. I was just playing my game. We came out tonight the way we were supposed to. We came out with the right approach."
Kobe Bryant went for 20 points and Shannon Brown added 17 for the Lakers, winners of 11 in a row against the Warriors. Lamar Odom ended with 15 points and 10 rebounds for LA, which has outscored its opponents by an average of over 17 points-per-game on its latest winning streak.
Gasol joined Charles Barkley and teammate Matt Barnes as the only players to have at least 20 points, five rebounds and five assists without missing from the field or the free-throw line. Barnes did it last Friday in the Lakers' previous game, a 112-95 victory over Minnesota, by scoring 24 points, pulling down seven rebounds and dishing out six assists, while hitting all seven of his shots and five free throws.
The Lakers have won six straight over Chicago and eight of nine overall.
11/23 10:56:37 ET