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Davis drops 37 as Lakers run away from Bulls

Anthony Davis scored a game-high 37 points on 14-for-21 shooting only a few miles from his childhood home, and the Los Angeles Lakers rolled to a 101-90 win over the host Chicago Bulls on Saturday night, January 23 (Sunday, January 24, Philippine time).

Los Angeles improved to a perfect 9-0 on the road to start the season. LeBron James notched a double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds for the Lakers, who won for the seventh time in their past 8 games.

Zach LaVine finished with 21 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Bulls, whose three-game winning streak came to an end. 

Coby White had 14 points, while Patrick Williams (13) and Lauri Markkanen (12) also scored in double digits.

Los Angeles beat Chicago for the second time this month, following a 117-115 victory on its home court January 8.

The Lakers raced to a 63-33 lead at the half. The 30-point margin was Los Angeles' largest lead of the first half, while the Bulls' biggest advantage was two points early in the 1st quarter.

Davis led all scorers with 26 points on 10-for-12 shooting before the break. 

An 18-2 run keyed the Lakers' surge in the 1st quarter. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope capped the scoring outburst with a three-pointer to put Los Angeles on top 20-6 with 5:22 left in the session.

The Lakers played even better in the 2nd quarter, posting a 34-16 scoring edge that ended with a driving layup by Dennis Schroder in the final minute.

The Bulls broke out of their malaise in the 3rd quarter, tallying a 33-20 advantage to trim the deficit to 83-66. 

Denzel Valentine and White drained back-to-back triples for the Bulls, who also received a free throw from Williams to pull within 13 points. But Los Angeles finished the 3rd quarter with two baskets by Davis to push the lead to 17.

Chicago played without Wendell Carter Jr. (quadriceps) and Otto Porter Jr (load management). Los Angeles' inactive players included Jared Dudley (calf) and Kostas Antetokounmpo (knee). – Rappler.com