By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Chicago Bulls, 96-90, at the United Center on Wednesday night.
The Lakers improved to 10-10 on the season. It’s the second win in their past three games for the Lakers, who were without D’Angelo Russell and Nick Young.
José Calderón (Getty Images)
The Bulls dropped to 10-7. Chicago has lost for the second time in their past three games. They’re 4-2 at home.
Young suffered a strained right calf on Tuesday night against the New Orleans Pelicans. He’s expected to be out two-to-four weeks. Russell sat out as he recovers from left knee soreness.
The Bulls were without Doug McDermott as he continues to be in concussion protocol. He’s missed seven straight games after being injured in the Nov. 12 game when he fell on his face and caused the injury when he lost his balance.
Julius Randle led the Lakers with 13 points, while Luol Deng added 10 points. Fellow starters Timofey Mozgov, rookie Brandon Ingram and José Calderón combined for 17 points.
Los Angeles had 56 bench points. Both Jordan Clarkson and Lou Williams had 18 points off the bench.
The Bulls had 22 points from Jimmy Butler. Dwyane Wade added 17, while Rajon Rondo had 14. Starters Taj Gibson and Robin Lopez combined for 21 points.
Chicago had limited bench production, as they had just 16 bench points. Nikola Mirotić led these players with six points.
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