The Bulls finished their up-and-down road trip with a victory over the Lakers, 92-86. The Lakers were just what Chicago needed after the team lost to the Golden State Warriors a few days ago. In that game against the Warriors, the Bulls had a big lead, but relinquished it and never recovered.
This time against the Lakers, they jumped on them early and never looked back. The Bulls were up by as many as 19 points in the second half, almost lost the lead down the stretch, but made enough shots and defensive stops to get out of Hollywood.
Both of these teams are very short-handed and depleted. The Bulls are hovering around the .500 mark but are capable of much more. They are a very gritty bunch and is continually fighting their way to victories. In this game, they forced their will on the depleted Lakers.
The frontcourt of Joakim Noah and Taj Gibson powered and bullied the Lakers. Noah, a two-time All-Star, continues his all-around play with 20 points, 13 rebounds, three assists, three blocks and two steals. Gibson, starting for the injured Carlos Boozer, finished with 18 points. Kirk Hinrich, who seems to finally be healthy, contributed 17 points and five assists.
The Bulls are looking into the second half of the season and ready to make noise. They are right in the middle of the Eastern Conference and will continue to fight because that is just the Bulls’ brand of basketball.