By Juan Carlos Blanco
After Chicago built a seemingly comfortable 56-42 halftime edge, the Lakers exploded for 61 second-half points. Each member of the Bulls' starting five hit double digits in the scoring column, along with one reserve. In comparison, the Lakers saw only three first-string players manage the feat, but that was offset by a combined 22 points from Jordan Clarkson and Julius Randle off the bench. Both teams notably finished in a 54-54 deadlock on the glass for the night.
The emerging Denzel Valentine's 17 points, nine rebounds, four assists and two steals led Chicago. Antonio Blakeney contributed a bench-leading 15 points. Robin Lopez posted 14 points, while standout rookie Lauri Markkanen registered a 13-point, 14-rebound double-double. Kris Dunn poured in 12 points, and Justin Holiday managed a 10-point, 10-rebound double-double.
Kyle Kuzma's 22 points paced the Lakers. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope supplied a near double-double of 21 points and nine rebounds. Brandon Ingram's final line included 17 points, five rebounds and five assists. Clarkson tallied 12 points, while Randle, who posted a 10-point, 10-rebound double-double, scored eight of his points in a pivotal third period. Lonzo Ball generated just eight points but added 13 rebounds, four assists and one steal. Brook Lopez tallied four points and nine rebounds.
Posted on November 21, 2017 at 10:15 PM ET