Lakers fall to the Bulls 118-110

Lakers fall to the Bulls 118-110

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The Lakers lost their 2nd game in a row, despite 25 points from Lou Williams. Jimmy Butler led the Bulls with 40 points.

The 1st quarter was a mixed bag. The Lakers fell behind early, but the bench played very well, and tied the game 30-30. Lou Williams lead the charge with 8 points in under 2 minutes.

The 2nd quarter was a reverse of the 1st quarter. The Lakers took the lead, before giving it up and going down one point at the half. Lou Williams continued to be hot, as he scored 8 more points in the quarter. Larry Nance Jr also played very well, highlighted by a great touch pass to Tarik Black. However, the Lakers played terrible defense, and the Bulls went 12-20 in the quarter and had 62 at the half.

The 2nd half of the 3rd quarter was the worst stretch of Lakers basketball this season. At one point they had 3 straight turnovers and could not buy a rebound. In fact the Lakers were out rebounded 56-37 on the game. Jimmy Butler also took over the game, going 6/7 on the quarter. The Lakers were lucky to be down only 5 at the end of 3.

The 4th quarter started off badly. The Bulls were leading by 15 points with 4:24 to go. Like the rest of the season, the Lakers refused to quit. Julius Randle had a quick 4 points, Lou Williams hit a jumper, and Nick Young and D’Angelo Russell hit back to back 3s, bringing the lead down to 5. But that was as close as it got. Nick Young missed a quick transition three, Luol Deng was all alone under the basket and could have had a put back, but made no effort for it. Luckily, the Lakers forced a 5 second violation. After that, D’Angelo Russell, inspired by Nick Young, took his turn at a unnecessary hero shot and missed. Julius Randle forced a jump ball on the rebound, but lost it. After that, the game was over.

There was plenty of blame to go around. Julius Randle did not have the best energy and finished with 3 rebounds. D’Angelo Russell shot 3/11 and 2/9 from 3. Jordan Clarkson shot 1/12,  and Luke played him for a long time in the 4th despite that. There were some questionable calls. Some bright spots were that Lou Williams continued what looks to be a career season. Larry Nance Jr had 18 points, a career high, and had great energy. Brandon Ingram also shot well from the field, going 3/6 and scoring 7 points. He also added 4 rebounds and 3 assist, including this dime.

The Lakers are now 7-7 on the season and play the Thunder at Staples Center on Tuesday.

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