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Pau Gasol called the feeling of playing his former team as “weird” prior to the start of Thursday’s game against the Lakers. Despite the fight with his emotions, Gasol was able to get it together come game time and lead the Chicago Bulls to a 113-93 win over the Lakers on Christmas Day.
Gasol led the Bulls in scoring with 23 points and rebounding with 13.
Gasol wasn’t the only one that was fighting emotions about playing their former team as Boozer had many of the same thoughts about playing the Bulls for the first time since he was waived.
“It was weird playing against them,” Boozer said. “They were like my brothers out there, but at some point you have to put the emotions and feeling aside and try to win a basketball game.”
Boozer finished with 14 points off the bench and receive a rather cold reception from the Chicago crowd when his name was announced when entering the game.
The Lakers were once again playing without Kobe Bryant who missed his 2nd straight game to rest his sore body. Bryant was asked prior to the game as to what was bothering him in which he replied “old age”.
Wesley Johnson led the Lakers in scoring with 19 points. Ed Davis had his best overall game of the season, scoring 13 points and grabbing 14 rebounds. Jordan Hill ended the night with 16 points and 6 rebounds.
Jimmy Butler, who leads the Bulls in scoring this season, added 21 points which matches his average for the year. Derrick Rose scored 20 points and a team high 6 assists.
The Lakers could not repeat their efficient performance from the field from Tuesday’s game against the Warriors. The Lakers shot just 39 percent from the field against the Bulls on Thursday.
The Lakers drop to 9-20 on the season and in a tie for 13th place in the Western Conference.
The Lakers play the Dallas Mavericks on Friday in Texas and they will likely do so without Kobe Bryant.