Bulls top Lakers behind DeMar DeRozan's fourth-quarter blitz

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20 Dec 2021, 13:55 GMT+10

DeMar DeRozan scored 19 of his game-high 38 points successful the 4th fourth and Nikola Vucevic registered a double-double of 19 points and 13 rebounds to boost the big Chicago Bulls to a 115-110 triumph against the Los Angeles Lakers connected Sunday.

Missing respective players successful COVID-19 protocols, the Bulls prevailed successful their archetypal enactment since a nonaccomplishment astatine Miami connected Dec. 11. The squad had 2 postponements during the past week.

Lonzo Ball added 19 points for the Bulls, portion Alex Caruso had 17 points and 9 rebounds.

LeBron James kept the Lakers afloat with 31 points and 14 rebounds. Russell Westbrook narrowly missed a triple-double, collecting 20 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists, portion Carmelo Anthony (21 points) and Isaiah Thomas (13) besides finished successful treble figures.

Los Angeles played its archetypal crippled without Anthony Davis, who is slated to miss 4 weeks aft suffering a sprained MCL successful his near genu during Friday's nonaccomplishment to the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Chicago grabbed a 109-108 pb connected a brace of DeRozan escaped throws with 2:10 to play. A Lakers turnover connected the ensuing possession gave the Bulls the accidental to agelong the advantage, but DeRozan missed a jumper, starring to a go-ahead changeable from Westbrook with 1:22 left.

DeRozan regrouped and continued his fourth-quarter takeover, scoring the adjacent 4 points arsenic the Bulls went up 113-110 with 15.6 seconds to go. Anthony and Wayne Ellington missed imaginable game-tying treys for the Lakers earlier Ball closed retired the crippled with 2 escaped throws.

Both teams were heavy impacted by subordinate absences owed to the league's wellness and information protocols. The outbreak extended to the bench, arsenic well, arsenic Lakers manager Frank Vogel entered COVID-19 protocols Sunday morning.

David Fizdale, who coached the Memphis Grizzlies and New York Knicks for parts of 4 seasons, served arsenic interim manager for the Lakers.

The Bulls swept the play bid aft registering an 18-point triumph successful Los Angeles connected Nov. 15 down DeRozan's 38 points.

--Field Level Media

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