Lakers break losing streak with win over Bulls
It’s almost certainly too late for a late charge towards the playoffs, but the Los Angeles Lakers did at least halt their five-game skid last night with a 123-107 victory over the Chicago Bulls.
LeBron James scored 36 points and ten rebounds, while Kentavious Caldwell-Pope added 24 points off the bench. Kyle Kuzma ended with 21, Rajon Rondo grabbed 14 points and ten assists, and JaVale McGee finished with ten points and 11 rebounds. For once, they played as a team and even looked like they were having fun.
Kuzma told the Los Angeles Times: “When you’re losing, it’s always hard to try to have fun, try to embrace just playing the game.
“You get caught as professionals so many times this day and age, social media, everybody is so tight and tense when they play basketball, but, you know, just in general as basketball players we just need to try to have fun, play the game like we did when we were kids in high school and college. I think if we can do that the next 15 games, lay it all out there, that’s all we can really ask for right now.”
The game actually looked like it would be the Lakers’ sixth straight loss early on, as the Bulls stormed into a 34-16 first-quarter lead. After that, they came together to record their first win since 27 February.
Six Bucks scorers get double figures
Elsewhere, Giannis Antetokounmpo led the scoring on 24 as six Milwaukee Bucks players got double figures in their 130-113 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans.
The San Antonio Spurs beat the Dallas Mavericks by 112-105 at home. DeMar DeRozan scored 16 of his 33 points in the first quarter alone, while LaMarcus Aldridge clustered ten of his 28 in the third. It was the Mavericks’ sixth consecutive loss.
The Philadelphia 76ers vanquished the Cleveland Cavaliers 106-99 on the road, with Ben Simmons grabbing 26 points, ten rebounds and eight assists. Joel Embiid added a further 17 points and 19 rebounds to record his 50th double-double of the season.
The game between the Indiana Pacers and the New York Knicks ended 103-98 to the Pacers. The Knicks have now lost seven straight games and registered fewer than 100 points for the fourth game in a row.
Words: Noah Hart