The Bulls lost a tough fight Tuesday night in Los Angeles to continue their winless streak on the road. Chicago drops to 5-6 while the Lakers move to an impressive 8-1.
This is the first game of the dreaded annual circus road trip the Bulls have to make every year.
In an impressive game statistically for Chicago, the Bulls fell into that all too familiar hole before going into the fourth quarter and exploding with offense.
The Bulls found themselves down only a point after the first quarter and down by five at the half. The third quarter went just as it has most of the season, and they fell behind in a big way.
Thus, at the end of three Chicago found themselves down 16 points after being outscored 18-29.
The Bulls then made their best rally cry, outscoring the Lakers 35-26 in the fourth quarter. But if you do the math that still puts Chicago down by seven points. That is how the game ended, 116-109 Lakers.
Every Bulls player who suited up tonight scored at least one point.
Paul Gasol lit up the score board for LA tonight scoring 34 points while Bryant added 21 points.
There were some individual positives to take away from the matchup.
Derrick Rose is the real deal. Wow. There are not many words to describe the ability of this young player. He had 25 points, nine assists, and three rebounds against a great L.A. team.
Ben Gordon and Derrick Rose are solid fits and Chicago needs to keep them both. Ben posted 23 points tonight. However, not all of Gordon’s stats were good tonight. In fact, other than his point total, his stats were pretty lousy. He went 6-22 from the field and 3-11 from behind the arc. Thank goodness the Lakers put him on the line eight times, where he has been solid.
The Lakers are the real deal. After not playing very good basketball, they were still able to out-duel a young, scrappy Chicago Bulls team. At times it looked like L.A. was going to run away with another blow out win but Chicago kept making it interesting.
The Bulls (5-6) continue the circus act on Wednesday night in Oregon against the Portland Trailblazers (6-5).