NBA regular season

Bulls overwhelm Lakers with 8 double-figure scorers

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Bulls overwhelm Lakers with 8 double-figure scorers

DEFENDED. Chicago Bulls forward DeMar DeRozan (11) drives to the basket against Los Angeles Lakers guard D'Angelo Russell (1) during the first half at United Center.

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The Bulls spread the wealth to send the Lakers to their third straight loss and fourth overall in five games, withstanding LeBron James' triple-double bid

DeMar DeRozan finished with a game-high 27 points and Coby White followed with 17 to lead eight scorers in double figures and lift the host Chicago Bulls to a 124-108 win against the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday, December 20 (Thursday, December 21, Manila time).

Chicago sent Los Angeles to its third straight loss and fourth defeat in five games behind 54.5% shooting, including a 52.9% effort from deep.

The Bulls led by as many as 18 points while withstanding LeBron James’ triple-double bid for the Lakers. James scored 25 points to go with 10 rebounds and 9 assists. Austin Reaves followed with 21 points, while Anthony Davis posted a double-double of 19 points and 14 boards.

Chicago held off the Lakers down the stretch to win for the seventh time in 10 games.

DeRozan flirted with a triple-double himself, contributing 9 of the Bulls’ 25 assists to go with 7 rebounds. Nikola Vucevic posted a double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds, while Patrick Williams (15 points), Alex Caruso (15), Ayo Dosunmu (14), Andre Drummond (11), and Jevon Carter (10) also scored in double figures.

The Lakers shot 44.7% and were just 12-for-37 from three-point range.

Taurean Prince added 16 points for the Lakers, while Cam Reddish had 13. Davis missed time in the third quarter after rolling his left ankle but returned in the fourth.

Strong shooting boosted the Bulls to a 61-55 halftime lead. Chicago shot 53.3% from the field, including 9-for-19 (47.4%) from deep.

Caruso had 12 points to key a balanced attack for Chicago, which saw eight players score at least five points. That diversity helped offset the Lakers’ quartet of double-figure scorers in the first half, as James (15 points) and Prince (13) led the way.

Chicago limited Los Angeles to 22 points in the first quarter.

The Bulls blew the game open by scoring 21 of the final 32 points of the third quarter. – Rappler.com

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