In his hometown, Anthony Davis put on a show, leading the Los Angeles Lakers to a 121-110 victory over the Chicago Bulls with a commanding performance. The 28-year-old power forward scored 38 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, setting a new season-high in points. He was efficient from the field, shooting 15-for-26, and even knocked down a three-pointer, going 1-for-1 from beyond the arc. Davis’ superb showing helped the Lakers start their five-game road trip on a positive note as they fight to secure a playoff spot in the competitive Western Conference.
LeBron James also had an impressive game, scoring 25 points and grabbing seven rebounds in his return to the starting lineup after his injury. D’Angelo Russell chipped in with 17 points, and Austin Reaves provided a spark off the bench with 19 points. The Bulls, led by DeMar DeRozan’s 22 points and Nikola Vucevic’s 29 points, 12 rebounds, and six assists, put up a fight. Coby White added 17 points and nine assists coming off the bench.
Lakers Keep Their Winning Streak Alive with Big Road Victory
Lakers a 105-87 lead with 6:07 remaining.
The Lakers continued their impressive form, winning their fourth game in the last five and shooting an impressive 52% from the field to beat the Chicago Bulls. The Bulls are currently outside the play-in tournament in the tenth spot in the Eastern Conference.
In his post-game interview, LeBron James credited his success to his hard work, saying “I’m just trusting the work that I’ve been putting in.” James, who is still working to regain full fitness, mentioned that he is aware of his body and is confident he will be fully recovered by the end of the Lakers’ road trip.
The Lakers led 59-51 at halftime, thanks to a 10-0 run in the final minutes of the second quarter. Although the Bulls mounted a comeback in the third quarter, James made some clutch shots, and the Lakers extended their lead in the fourth. With 8:22 remaining, Dennis Schröder scored a three-point play to cap off a 12-3 Lakers run, giving them a 97-79 lead. Anthony Davis hit a three-pointer to increase the Lakers’ lead to 105-87 with just over six minutes remaining in the game.
The ‘too small war’ continues
In the fourth quarter, Reaves had some playful banter with his former teammate Beverley, showing the “too small” gesture after driving into the lane and scoring a floater over Beverley with 2:50 left on the clock. The day before, Beverley had done the same thing against James, but Reaves was able to show off his skills as well.
The Lakers delivered a strong performance against the Bulls, thanks in part to LeBron James leading the charge in his return to the starting lineup. The Lakers’ triumph keeps them in the mix for Western Conference playoff positioning, while the Bulls will need to bounce back in their remaining games to secure a spot in the play-in tournament.