LOS ANGELES (AP)-LeBron James scored 28 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists, and the Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Chicago Bulls 117-115 on Friday night to overcome the absence of two injured starters.
Zach LaVine scored 38 points, but the UCLA product missed a 17-foot jumper with 4.7 seconds left, which would give Chicago the lead.
Montrezl Harrell scored 17 points and 14 rebounds for the defending NBA champion. They won five of the six games. James and Harrell led the way, and Los Angeles stopped the Bulls without injured starters Anthony Davis and Kentavid Caldwell Pope.
LaVine scored 19 points for the Bulls in the first quarter, and after the Bulls won an impressive victory, they lost two consecutive games in California.
Dennis Schroder scored 1
James missed a long three-pointer and handed the game to Chicago, but LaVine missed his controversial jumper and his teammates misplaced the ball into bounds.
Wesley Matthews scored 4 points, 3 points and 14 points in the 34-year-old rookie’s first game for the Lakers.
Wendell Carter Jr. scored a season-high 23 points, and Thaddeus Young won 15 points for Chicago.
The Lakers’ defensive performance was almost lifeless, losing to San Antonio last Thursday, but they made an impressive effort. LaVine won 8 8 to 8 in the energetic first quarter, and Carter added 12 points in the third quarter.
Bulls: Otto Porter Jr. did not return in the second half after experiencing back spasms. He played for six minutes. …The team met again in Chicago on January 23. …Lauri Markkanen, Tomas Satoransky, Ryan Arcidiacono and Chandler Hutchison have left their home on the West Coast trip due to the coronavirus programme.
Lakers: Davis missed the second game of the season and sat down with the correct adductor tension. The superstar couldn’t relax in pre-match training. Markieff Morris scored 11 points in the Davis game. …Caldwell-Pope sprained his left ankle and sat for the fourth game.
Before James missed the game with 5:19, the two teams scored the first 30 free throws in total. Only four games have been completed in NBA history without free throws.
Bulls: On Sunday in the Clippers.
Lakers: At the Rockets on Sunday.
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