Chicago Bulls vs. Los Angeles Lakers: Live Score, Results and Game Highlights
With a win against the Chicago Bulls, the Los Angeles Lakers can move into sole possession of the eighth seed, and just a single game behind the Rockets for the seventh seed in the West.
Live updates after the break.
This is a big win for the Lakers. Bulls are hurting, I know, but this is a good win against a team that has killed them the last few years.â€” Lakers Nation (@LakersNation) March 10, 2013
That's all she wrote.
The Los Angeles Lakers move into the eight seed in the West with a 90-81 win over the Chicago Bulls.
Dwight Howard did all he could with 16 points, 21 rebounds and three block in the afternoon. While he missed all five free-throw attempts, Howard made up for it with seven offensive rebounds.
Kobe Bryant had an off nightâ€”at least compared to his recent standardsâ€”with 19 points, nine rebounds and seven rebounds on 7-of-16 shooting from the field.
It wasn't always pretty, as the Lakers let the Bulls hang around a bit too long. But ultimately the Lakers defense was the real difference maker.
With games coming up against the Orlando Magic, Phoenix Suns, Washington Wizards and Atlanta Hawks, the Lakers are in the driver seat for their playoff hopes.
Metta World Peace just figured out that he wasn't hitting anything from beyond the arc. He took it into the paint and hit a layup. About 30 minutes too late for MWP.
Lakers 88, Bulls 73—2:27 remaining in the 4th quarter
Kobe's up to 8 assists, having taken only 13 shots tonight. He has 3 in the last few minutes, & LAL lead by 13 with 3:49 left.— Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) March 10, 2013
That alley-oop from Kobe to Dwight Howard pretty much seals this one up.
Lakers 84, Bulls 71—4:09 remaining in the 4th quarter
This one might be double digits, but the Bulls just won't truly go away. Bucket by Deng keeps it within 11.
Lakers 82, Bulls 71—3:53 remaining in the 4th quarter
The 7 offensive boards are really what matters here.
This is Dwight Howard's 62nd 20-rebound game. Since his rookie season, he has more 20-rebound games than any other 2 players combined.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) March 10, 2013
Kobe to Dwight for the lob to put LA back up 11 w/ 5:11 left. Timeout, Bulls.
â€” Lakers Nation (@LakersNation) March 10, 2013
Lakers 80, Bulls 69â€”5:11 remaining in the 4th quarter
Howard's averaging 14.7 rebounds per game since the All-Star game (including tonight's 20 w/6:33 to go). It's his 4th game of 20+.â€” Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) March 10, 2013
Kobe Bryant gets the call that Carlos Boozer couldn't. That's the difference between good players and great players.
Lakers 77, Bulls 69—6:39 remaining in the 4th quarter
63, 20 rebound games for Dwight Howard
723, 20 rebound games for Wilt Chamberlain
Lakers 77, Bulls 69â€”7:39 remaining in the 4th quarter
This one's a single digit game yet again. It's not over, as the Lakers just can't figure out how to get the ball in the net.
6-0 run from the Bulls, led by Boozer's offensive prowess.
Lakers 77, Bulls 69—8:02 remaining in the 4th quarter
Dwight scores on a little jump hook to put the Lakers back up 14. Huge game from Dwight today. carrying the squad w/ 12 & 18.â€” Lakers Nation (@LakersNation) March 10, 2013
Howard is nearing the 20 rebound mark. He's got 12 points so he won't get 20 and 20, but it's clear that he's playing with a hop in his step today.
Lakers 77, Bulls 63—10:10 remaining in the 3rd quarter
LAL leads 73-61 at the end of three. Dwight might only have 8 pts, but he's been a beast with 17 reb and several spine-rattling screensâ€” Dave McMenamin (@mcten) March 10, 2013
If any of you out there question why Derrick Rose isn't back yet, just take a look at the work he's put in.
Earl Clark with four straight points to end a blazing 3rd quarter for the Lake Show that saw them outscore the Bulls by six points.
Lakers 73, Bulls 61—end of the 3rd quarter
Clark gets rim-checked on a dunk attempt but he got it back and dunked it. Way to play through it, Earl. Laekrs up 10.â€” Lakers Nation (@LakersNation) March 10, 2013
#MVP Chants are under way for the Black Mamba—not sure his stat line today of 14 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists warrants it, but his previous play sure does.
I think Derrick Rose should be the league's MVP, it's clear the Bulls need him bad.
Lakers 69, Bulls 57—53.6 remaining in the 3rd quarter
Bulls have pulled back within 10. Lakers have to keep up the energy on both ends. Chicago's too good to roll over.— Lakers Nation (@LakersNation) March 10, 2013
Jimmy Butler just abused Steve Blake in the post. It isn't all that shocking, it just looked pretty silly.
Lakers 65, Bulls 55—2:04 remaining in the 3rd quarter
Being listed alongside Korver and Asik in that "Key Offseason Departures" graphic is the most flattering moment of C.J. Watson's career.— Robert Mays (@realrobertmays) March 10, 2013
Dwight with the screens on the last 2 Laker 3's, by Kobe & Meeks. 17 rebs too. More than enough to make up for 0-for-5 FTsâ€” J.A. Adande (@jadande) March 10, 2013
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