The Chicago Bulls took another injury hit and kept on chugging, with a 95-83 win over the Los Angeles Lakers.
With an elite defender like Luol Deng missing from the lineup, there should have been an eruption from Kobe Bryant. Instead, Bryant shot just 7-of-22 from the field, scoring only 16 points.
The Bulls' defense inserted Jimmy Butler into the starting role, and as a whole held the Lakers to a season-low 83 points on 39.5-percent shooting.
Kirk Hinrich led an offensive push from a Chicago team that was coming off three straight overtime games. He went 9-of-11 for 22 points, to go along with eight assists and seven rebounds.
Lakers head coach Mike D'Antoni attempted to shake things up, moving Pau Gasol to the bench in favor of Earl Clark, but that only hindered their already sputtering offense.
The Bulls, who are on the verge of getting Derrick Rose back, improved to 24-16 on the season. Los Angeles dropped its third straight game, falling to 17-24.
Let's hit the Bleacher Report classroom to see how things graded out in this grueling Chicago win.