Chicago 92, L.A. Lakers 84
CHICAGO, Dec. 1 (Ticker) -- Tyson Chandler
gave Chicago Bulls fans a
reason to go home happy for a change.
Chandler came off the bench to grab a season-high 18 rebounds
and scored 10 points, giving the Bulls their first home
win, a surprising 92-84 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers.
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"Tonight was one of those nights," Chandler said. "I came to
the sideline a couple of times and just told the guards to just
put a floater up there. I felt like I could put it back in."
The Bulls, who came in 0-3 at the United Center, had a 16-6 edge
in offensive rebounds and held the Lakers -- and superstar Kobe Bryant
-- to one basket in the final 3:20.
Bryant scored nine consecutive points in an 11-3 surge early in
the fourth quarter as the Lakers inched in front, 76-74, with 8½ minutes remaining.
"The coaches came to me and said that I better try and take over
when we were down by 14 points," Bryant said. "Naturally, some
guys get caught standing around because I was taking all
the shots. But we had to figure a way back into it."
The Bulls came right back to score the next eight points -- five
by rookie Luol Deng
-- to take the lead for good, 82-76.
Deng, the league's top rookie scorer, finished with 18 points
and Kirk Hinrich
added 17 for Chicago, which had a 51-37
advantage in rebounds.
"We wanted this game real bad," Deng said. "This is the way we
have to play every time. The way we played tonight is similar
to the way we played at Utah. It was all a team effort. (It)
felt like all five guys out there were on the same page."
Bryant scored 14 of his 28 points in the final period and had 10
assists, but missed his last four shots. Chucky Atkins
scored 19 points and Caron Butler
added 13 for the
Lakers, who beat the Bulls on Nov. 21 in Los Angeles.
"We had no choice but to turn the ball over to Kobe," Lakers
coach Rudy Tomjanovich
said. "It always looks like other guys
are standing around when one guy is doing his thing. I think
that is a bunch of crap. This league is about trying to win
that game on that night, and that was the best attack we can
muster up at that point."
The Lakers lost for the first time in 10 outings when holding an
opponent to less than 100 points and have dropped six of 10 at
the United Center since it opened in 1994.
"It dosen't matter who we play," Lakers forward Lamar Odom
"We try to win games, period. We just didn't make enough plays
as a team. It's always a step back when you think you should
win a game like this and you don't."
scored six of his 18 points during a 13-3 run in the
third quarter that gave the Bulls their biggest lead at 62-48.
Curry also had 10 rebounds.
"I wanted to show coach that he made a good decision about
putting me back in (the starting lineup)," Curry said. "I am
not trying to take a seat on the passenger side anymore. I like
to be out there when the game starts off and try to contribute
early if I can."