The Los Angeles Lakers 9 game losing streak finally came to an end Thursday night and it came against an unlikely opponent in the Chicago Bulls who came in winners of 3 of their last 4 games which included wins over the Warriors, Spurs and Mavs.
Similar to Tuesday’s game against the Washington Wizards where they held a large lead and led for most of the game before relinquishing it at the end the Lakers blew a 15 point lead on Thursday and led by 9 points with about a minute and a half to play in regulation before the Bulls tied the game at 106 forcing overtime.
It took 2 overtime periods before the Lakers, with the huge help from Wayne Ellington who scored 9 points in the two overtime periods, put away the Bulls with a final score of 123-118.
Wayne Ellington followed up his 28 point career high against Washington on Tuesday to score 23 points against the Bulls. Ellington was also clutch late in the game, carrying the Lakers offense in both overtime periods.
Rookie Jordan Clarkson continued to impress in his starting role by putting together his 2nd good showing, scoring 18 points in his 2nd straight game. Clarkson was also integral in the overtime periods, scoring 6 points which was 2nd to only Wayne Ellington.
Jordan Hill scored 26 points on the night which is the first time in 6 games he reached the 20 point mark and is also his season high.
Pau Gasol returned to Los Angeles in front of a Lakers home crowd for the first time and received a short tribute video put together by the Lakers and an ovation from the crowd.
Gasol finished with 20 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists.
The Bulls were led in scoring by Jimmy Butler who scored 35 points in the game.
The win improves the Lakers record to 13-34 but still in the 14th spot in the Western Conference.
The Lakers start a 4 game road trip starting on Sunday where they’ll take on Derek Fisher and the Knicks in New York.