The Los Angeles Lakers finally put forth a better defensive effort, holding the Chicago Bulls to 95 points and 42% shooting; however, the Lakers problems on Monday night was on the offensive end where nobody could get it going. The Lakers were able to muster just 83 points on the night.
The game was tied after 3 quarters, but the game got away from the Lakers in the 4th where they were outscored 26 to 14.
Kobe Bryant shooting woes continued against the Bulls, shooting 7 for 22 from the field and ending with just 16 points, 13 points below his season average. Bryant is coming off 2 straight poor shooting games: shooting 10 for 32 against Toronto yesterday and 8 for 25 against the Miami Heat this past Thursday.
Mike D’Antoni shook things up prior to the start of the game by bringing Pau Gasol off the bench and staring Earl Clark in his place. Pau played well in his 25 minutes off the bench, scoring 15 points and grabbing 12 rebounds. Dwight Howard struggled on the night, ending with 8 points and 9 rebounds.
The Bulls held the Lakers to 40% shooting from the field. The Lakers shooting troubles from distance continued as they shot a horrid 3 for 17 from behind the 3, good for 18%. In the last 10 games the Lakers have shot 33.5% from 3 which is 22nd in the league in that span.
This marks the Lakers 6th straight road loss.
The Lakers hope to salvage their current 3 game road trip by getting a win in Memphis against the Grizzlies on Wednesday.
– Fern Rea “@fullcourtfern” “raining3sdotcom”