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                    === Bulls take out struggling Lakers ===
 Chicago,  IL  (Sports Network) - Kirk  Hinrich led six Bulls players in double
 figures  with  22 points to  go with eight assists  and seven rebounds, as the
 Chicago  Bulls  pulled away from  the punchless  Los Angeles Lakers, 95-83, at
 United Center.
 Marco  Belinelli scored  15 points, including two key 3-pointers during a late
 18-4  run that  put  the game  away.  Jimmy Butler,  starting  for the  second
 straight  game in place of the injured Luol Deng, recorded 10 points and eight
 rebounds for the Bulls, who have won four of their last five.
 Carlos  Boozer (14  points),  Richard  Hamilton (13)  and  Nate Robinson  (11)
 rounded out Chicago's leading scorers.
 "Everyone played well. Everyone was part of this win," Butler said.
 Steve Nash paced Los Angeles with 18 points and six assists, while Kobe Bryant
 was held to 16 points to end a string of 24 straight games of 20-plus points.
 The  Lakers have  dropped three in a  row overall and six straight on the road
 for the first time since the 2004-05 season.
 "It's  very,  very tough  and  very,  very  frustrating," Bryant  said.  "It's
 embarrassing. Tonight was embarrassing."
 After playing three straight overtime games, the Bulls made sure to end things
 in  regulation  on Monday. They scored  eight straight points to break a 75-75
 tie,  and a  pair of  Belinelli  3-pointers around  an Earl  Clark layup  gave
 Chicago an 89-79 cushion with 2:27 to play.
 After  Bryant missed  a fadeaway, Hinrich and Boozer continued the barrage and
 sealed the win with back-to-back jumpers.
 Chicago  never trailed  in the  first half  and  led by  as many  as 11  after
 Robinson  hit consecutive  3-pointers for  a 35-24  lead early  in the  second
 It  was 47-40  at halftime, and the Bulls continued to play front-runner until
 Bryant split a pair of defenders for a layup to give the Lakers their first --
 and  only  -- lead in the  final minute of  the third quarter. Butler made two
 free throws to tie things, 69-69, heading to the fourth.
                                   Game Notes
 The Bulls have won three straight against the Lakers after losing the previous
 seven  meetings ... Pau Gasol came off the Lakers' bench and totaled 15 points
 and 12 boards ... Los Angeles committed 16 turnovers to Chicago's eight.
 01/22 01:58:37 ET

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