The Chicago Bulls played on its home court at the United Center, for the first time in two weeks and fell flat against a dogged Los Angeles Lakers team, 96-90.
The Bulls shot a measly 35.2% from the field, but the game was in the balance until the final seconds. Julius Randle made a layup with 45.1 ticks on the clock to break a tie. The Bulls couldn’t answer and the Lakers made their free-throws to come away with the win.
This was an odd game for Jimmy Butler who played terrific on the long road trip. In this game he went 4 for 18 from the floor. He did make 13-15 free throws and led the team with 22 points.
It was a game the Lakers took from the Bulls, who lacked any offensive cohesion. The Lakers out-rebounded the Bulls 60-46 and that was an indication that the Bulls just weren’t in this game.
Randle had 13 points and grabbed 20 rebounds for LA. Jordan Clarkson scored 18 points off the bench. Former Bull, Luol Deng had ten points and eight boards.
The first home game coming back from a long road trip is an adjustment. You have to find your sea-legs on the court, and it seemed the Bulls struggled all night.
Dwayne Wade had 17 points. Robin Lopez, the center, nearly had a triple-double for Chicago. He scored 10 points, had nine rebounds and blocked eight shots. But the offense was stuck in second-gear most of the night. Doug McDermott is still out of action, recovering from a concussion. He reportedly is on the mend and will see court time soon.
The Lakers won this game without guards Nick Young or D’Angelo Russell, both out with injuries. So it was a gutsy effort by the young Lakers to come up victorious.