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Los Angeles got out-hustled by the Bulls on Sunday, resulting in a 118-108 loss, and this game will give it an opportunity to rectify what took place that afternoon. LeBron James returned after being out for a month with a right foot tendon injury, and although he was a bit rusty, he played reasonably well.
The Lakers are currently in ninth place in the Western Conference with a 37-38 record and are two games behind the sixth-place Golden State Warriors.
“I’m just trusting the work that I’ve been putting in,” James said. “I know I put in a lot of work. I know my body.”
Fighting for playoff positioning in the Western Conference, Los Angeles (38-38) kicked off a five-game trip with its fourth win in five games overall. Anthony Davis had 38 points and 10 rebounds in his hometown, and D’Angelo Russell scored 17 points.
“I always look forward to coming back home,” Davis said. “Kind of one of the first games I look at when the schedule drops. … It’s always a great feeling coming back, especially getting a win.”
Nikola Vucevic had 29 points, 12 rebounds and six assists for Chicago in its second straight loss. DeMar DeRozan scored 22 points, and reserve Coby White had 17 points and nine assists.
The Bulls (36-40) are 10th in the Eastern Conference, clinging to the last spot for the play-in tournament.
“Obviously we didn’t close the (first) half very well. … And in the third quarter, LeBron made some tough shots and then our inability to score with them hurt us,” coach Billy Donovan said.
LaVine’s dunk got Chicago within seven with 56.7 seconds left in the third. But Los Angeles quickly pulled away in the final period.
Dennis Schröder’s three-point play made it 97-79 with 8:22 left, capping a 12-3 Lakers run. Davis connected on his only 3-point attempt with 6:07 to go, lifting Los Angeles to a 105-87 lead.
Austin Reaves added 19 points for the Lakers, who shot 52% (45 for 86) from the field.
“Just wanted to try to put them in some uncomfortable positions with their defense,” Los Angeles coach Darvin Ham said, “and sort of spread the ball around a little bit, not overdose on any one or two actions, but just try to slowly sift through the offense and see what was bringing us the most returns.”
Reaves had a little fun with former teammate Patrick Beverley in the fourth quarter.
After driving into the lane and making a floater over Beverley with 2:50 remaining, Reaves lowered his right hand to make the dismissive “too small” gesture sometimes used by NBA players to taunt their opponents.
Why the Bulls can cover
Chicago has won seven of its last 10 games, including Sunday’s 118-108 win over the Lakers as 5-point underdogs. Zach LaVine poured in 32 points on 13 of 19 shooting, while small forward DeMar DeRozan posted a double-double with 17 points and 10 assists. The Bulls are 2.5 games ahead of Washington for the final spot in the Eastern Conference play-in tournament.
They have a chance to sweep the season series with Los Angeles for the second straight season, covering the spread in four of the last six meetings between these teams. LaVine leads Chicago with 25.1 points, 4.6 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game, while DeRozan is adding 24.9 points and 5.1 assists. Los Angeles has only covered the spread once in its last six games against Eastern Conference opponents.
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