Anthony Davis scored a game-high 37 points on 14-for-21 shooting just a couple of miles from his youth home, and the Los Angeles Lakers rolled to a 101-90 win over the host Chicago Bulls on Saturday night, January 23.
Los Angeles enhanced to an ideal 9-0 on the road to begin the season. LeBron James notched a double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds for the Lakers, who won for the seventh time in their previous 8 games.
Zach LaVine completed with 21 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Bulls, whose three-game winning streak pertained to an end.
Coby White had 14 points, while Patrick Williams (13) and Lauri Markkanen (12) likewise scored in double digits.
Los Angeles beat Chicago for the 2nd time this month, following a 117-115 success on its home court January 8.
The Lakers raced to a 63-33 lead at the half. The 30-point margin was Los Angeles’ biggest lead of the very first half, while the Bulls’ most significant benefit was two points early in the 1st quarter.
Davis led all scorers with 26 points on 10-for-12 shooting prior to the break.
An 18-2 run keyed the Lakers’ rise in the 1st quarter. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope topped the scoring outburst with a three-pointer to put Los Angeles on the top 20-6 with 5:22 left in the session.
The Lakers played even much better in the 2nd quarter, publishing a 34-16 scoring edge that ended with a driving layup by Dennis Schroder in the last minute.
The Bulls broke out of their despair in the 3rd quarter, tallying a 33-20 benefit to cut the deficit to 83-66.
Denzel Valentine and White drained pipes back-to-back triples for the Bulls, who likewise got a free toss from Williams to pull within 13 points. However Los Angeles ended up the 3rd quarter with two baskets by Davis to press the cause 17.
Chicago played without Wendell Carter Jr. (quadriceps) and Otto Porter Jr (load management). Los Angeles’ non-active players consisted of Jared Dudley (calf) and Kostas Antetokounmpo (knee).