Lakers blow big lead, rally late for 108-103 win over Bulls

ABS-CBN Sports on Jan 27, 2018 11:50 AM
Lakers blow big lead, rally late for 108-103 win over Bulls
Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram (14) shoots against Chicago Bulls center Robin Lopez, left, during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 26, 2018, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)

By John Jackson, Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) — Brandon Ingram scored 25 points, including eight in the final 3:18, and the Los Angeles Lakers rallied late for a 108-103 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time) after losing a 12-point, fourth-quarter lead.

Jordan Clarkson had 19 points and Brook Lopez added 17 for the Lakers, who have won four straight and 8-of-10.

Los Angeles trailed 95-92 with less than four minutes to play before Ingram — who also had nine rebounds and was 10-for-18 from the field — started the rally with a pair of free throws.

Nikola Mirotic scored 14 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter, and Denzel Valentine and Bobby Portis had 16 apiece for Chicago, which has dropped three straight.

This was the opener of a five-game road trip for Los Angeles, which led by as much as 15 in the first half before Chicago rallied to tie the score at 68 early in the third quarter. The Lakers, though, answered with 11 straight points and led 84-72 entering the fourth.

The Bulls rallied again and took a 92-90 lead with 5.5 minutes remaining on Valentine's 3-pointer. It was Chicago's first lead since 3-2. Mirotic hit a three-pointer to give the Bulls the 95-92 lead before Los Angeles took control.


Lakers: Rookie G Lonzo Ball missed his sixth straight game with a sore left knee. The second overall pick is averaging 10.2 points, 7.1 rebounds and 7.1 assists.

Bulls: Zach LaVine, playing in just his seventh game of the season following ACL surgery last February, played a season-high 26 minutes. His minutes restriction was lifted to 26-28 minutes before the game ... Chicago was 17-for-36 on three-pointers and now has made at least 10 three's in each of its last 11 home games.


Chicago G Kris Dunn missed his fourth straight game with a concussion, and it's unclear when he might return.

"The symptoms really haven't changed much," coach Fred Hoiberg said. "He's feeling a little bit better today, but he's still doing very limited physical activity."

Dunn, who suffered the concussion following a hard fall in a game on Jan. 17 (Jan. 18, PHL time), still is experiencing headaches, fatigue and grogginess.


Lakers: Visit the Toronto Raptors on Sunday (Monday, PHL time).

Bulls: Host the Milwaukee Bucks on Sunday (Monday, PHL time).

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