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FSM Recap: Lakers vs Bulls – Game 29 – 2023

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Los Angeles Lakers (15-13) | Chicago Bulls (12-17)

 

It was the Lakers vs Bulls on Wednesday night in Chicago. The Lakers were at full strength against the Bulls but got blown out of the Windy City in a 124-108 loss.

 

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The Lakers traveled to the Windy City to take on the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday night at the United Center.

The Lakers began a tough three-game road trip against the Bulls, who were without the injured Zach LaVine. It marked the first time all season that the Lakers were at full strength with Gabe Vincent returning from his knee injury.

The Lakers and Bulls have been linked together all season, but not due to similar play styles or some preview for an NBA Finals matchup.

With LaVine sidelined, the team has rallied together to go 6-3, with players like Coby White taking advantage of the opportunity to showcase their skills. In their most recent game, White gave an All-Star-caliber performance against the Sixers, scoring 24 points in the win.
The Laker guards, particularly Austin Reaves and D’Angelo Russell, were supposed to be responsible for disrupting White’s hot streak and keeping the Bulls guard in check. They failed to do that versus Jalen Brunson and the New York Knicks guards on Monday.

Even with the Lakers struggling to rack up wins, Chicago is in worse shape with an 11-17 record and in turmoil with players essentially just waiting for the first transaction in this fire sale to happen.

The schedule hasn’t been kind for the Lakers in December, but this was the most winnable game of this road trip. But on Wednesday night, the Lakers fell to the Bulls 124-108 in a disappointing loss.

 

Lakers vs Bulls First Quarter:

 

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In the absence of the injured Zach LaVine, point guard Coby White has taken his game to another level in recent weeks, and that continued early in this one by hitting a midrange bank to kick off the scoring before LeBron James got the Lakers on the board with a layup.

James was hot early, throwing down a thunderous dunk and then burying a triple to put the Lakers up 9-4 and force a Bulls timeout.

Chicago had an excellent response out of the timeout, though, with White and Alex Caruso both knocking down triples and two-pointers to lead a 10-0 run before Anthony Davis ended it.

The Lakers stayed cold, though, while the Bulls were red-hot, allowing Chicago to take its first double-digit lead.

Vincent checked in for the first time with three minutes to go in the first quarter and made an immediate impact with an assist. Things otherwise did not go well for the Lakers, though, as they trailed 33-22 going into the second.

 

Lakers vs Bulls 2nd Quarter:

 

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The Bulls did not cool off to start the second as Javon Carter drilled back-to-back triples to extend the lead to 15.

James eventually inflicted some life back in the Lakers with a 13-0 run that included Cam Reddish and Prince triples, although the Lakers still had a lot more work to do.

The Bulls continued to leave Prince open at the 3-point line, and he made them pay again, providing the Lakers a much-needed source of offense.

L.A. got its deficit all the way down to two before Chicago ended the quarter strong to take a 61-55 lead into the half.

 

Lakers vs Bulls 3rd Quarter:

 

The Lakers, in particular Davis and James, came out strong in the third quarter with back-to-back and-ones for the Lakers. The momentum came to a screeching halt when Davis rolled his ankle and was forced to come out, allowing the Bulls to build their lead back up.

The Lakers had some silly turnovers, but Rui Hachimura beat the buzzer with a big triple to at least keep them within 12 at 90-78 going into the fourth.

 

Lakers vs Bulls 4th Quarter:

 

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Davis was able to return at the start of the fourth quarter for the Lakers, although he looked hobbled by the ankle issue. James and Reaves were doing their part offensively to keep the game from getting out of reach, but the Bulls continued to knock down outside shots at a high rate.

As has been the case a lot in the past, DeRozan killed his hometown team with a variety of midrange shots while the Bulls’ role players also contributed for deep.

The Lakers tried to make a run but couldn’t get enough stops to get back in it, suffering another disappointing loss, 124-108.

 

The Los Angeles Lakers‘ next game is in Minnestoa as they take on the Timberwoves on Thursday, December 21st, at 6:00 pm PST. Thanks for visiting FranchiseSportsMedia.com for your Las Vegas Sports news today.

 

 

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