The Chicago Bulls came out hungry and on fire Tuesday night in The City of Angels. The Lakers probably unimpressed by the Bulls 3-11 record came out flat and sloppy.
After a somewhat back and forth first quarter the Bulls led by 4. In the second quarter the Bulls took advantage of sloppy ball handling and lax defense to extend their lead to 14 at the half.
In the third quarter after a sluggish start Coach Walton went to the bench early and a lineup of Clarkson, Hart, KCP, Kuzma and Randle were able to turn the heat up defensively get some stops and transition baskets. This effort was highlighted by a Julius Randle block of a Bobby Portis dunk attempt. Heading into the fourth quarter the Pandas had cut the lead to 3 points.
The Bulls didn’t back down and pushed their lead back to 7 midway through the fourth quarter. After bringing back the starters the Lakers were able to get enough stops and hit some shots highlighted by a couple big threes from KCP and strong drives to the basket by Brandon Ingram even Lonzo hit a three.
In the end the Lakers gutted out a tough win at home in a game that showcased everything good and bad about our Pandas. Inconsistent 3 point shooting, offense at times looking confused as guys just run around the perimeter, lackluster effort to start games, good team speed and length and the heart to fight back.