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Hinrich, Belinelli lead Bulls past Lakers, 95-83


Posted Jan 22 2013 12:22AM

CHICAGO (AP) Kirk Hinrich scored 22 points, Marco Belinelli added 15 points, and the Chicago Bulls pulled away down the stretch to beat the struggling Los Angeles Lakers 95-83 on Monday night.

Belinelli came up big in the closing minutes, scoring eight points during an 18-4 run that broke a 75-75 tie and sent the Lakers to their ninth loss in 11 games.

He started it by hitting two free throws after getting fouled by Dwight Howard with 6:54 left in the game and wrapped two 3-pointers around a layup by Los Angeles' Earl Clark, making it 89-79 with 2:27 remaining.

The Lakers have now dropped six straight on the road, and this one came after coach Mike D'Antoni shook up the lineup. He moved forward Pau Gasol to a reserve role and replaced him with Clark, but the slide continued on a night when Kobe Bryant and Howard were mostly nonfactors.

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Points Hinrich (CHI), 22
Rebounds Noah (CHI), 13
Assists Hinrich (CHI), 8
Steals World Peace, 4
Blocks Noah (CHI), 6

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Posted Jan 21 2013 12:10AM

Frustrations appear to be taking their toll on the Los Angeles Lakers, who can't seem to right the ship.

The Chicago Bulls, in contrast, have mostly held their own, but coach Tom Thibodeau was anything but pleased with their latest effort.

The slumping Lakers try to avoid their longest road losing streak in eight seasons Monday night against a Bulls team that could be without leading scorer Luol Deng again.

Los Angeles (17-23) has lost eight of 10 overall after kicking off a three-game trek Sunday with a 108-103 defeat to Toronto. The Lakers, who fell behind by as many as 19 points in the fourth quarter, are on the verge of their first six-game losing streak in opponents' arenas since a nine-game skid in 2004-05.

"I didn't feel like we were ready to play," point guard Steve Nash said. "We cut too many corners at too many different times in the game and had too big a hole to climb out of.

"We're just not finding any consistent level out of our group."

Pau Gasol had a season-high 25 points in his return to the starting lineup and Earl Clark scored 14 to go along with a career-best 14 rebounds, but Los Angeles allowed the Raptors to shoot 54.8 percent. The Lakers played the entire second half without Dwight Howard after he received his second technical foul - and the accompanying ejection - late in the second quarter.

"We've got a lot of issues," coach Mike D'Antoni said. "Offensively the ball sticks and we don't take very good shots. Defensively, ups and downs, we forget guys."

Thibodeau also took issue with his team's performance Saturday in an 85-82 overtime loss to Memphis. Chicago (23-16), playing without Deng due to a right hamstring injury, had won seven of its previous nine games but was outscored 21-6 in transition while shooting 36.5 percent.

After trailing by as many as 17 points in the third quarter, the Bulls outscored the Grizzlies 29-16 in the fourth but couldn't keep up in the extra period.

"We just have to keep battling and battling and battling. In the end, whatever is necessary, that is what you have to do to win," Thibodeau told the Bulls' official website. "You have to get in the fight. It's physical and you can't get thrown around.

"We have to do better, we are capable of doing better."

He may feel that way about Joakim Noah, who played a season-low 27 minutes Saturday and was benched for the fourth quarter and OT.

"That's just a coaching decision," said Thibodeau, who refused to elaborate on the situation.

On a more positive note, second-year swingman Jimmy Butler scored 12 of his career-high 18 points over the final 12 minutes of regulation. Butler figures to receive a second consecutive start if Deng, averaging a team-high 17.4 points, can't go Monday.

Butler could be asked to help contain Kobe Bryant, who is coming off two particularly inefficient games. He has shot 18 of 57 (31.6 percent) from the floor in losses to Miami and Toronto, committing six turnovers in each contest.

"I've just got to rest my legs," said Bryant, averaging an NBA-leading 29.6 points. "My legs are a little tired. My shots are just short."

The Lakers had taken seven straight from the Bulls before losing the last two matchups by a combined five points. Injured superstar Derrick Rose, though, totaled 51 points in those narrow wins while Deng added 35.

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Probable Starters
#15 World Peace SF #21 Butler
#6 Clark PF #5 Boozer
#12 Howard C #13 Noah
#24 Bryant SG #32 Hamilton
#10 Nash PG #12 Hinrich

Lakers Steve Blake
(abdominal surgery) is out.
Jordan Hill
(torn labrum, left hip/herniated disc) is out.
Dwight Howard
(torn labrum, right shoulder) is probable.

Derrick Rose
(left knee) is out.
Luol Deng
(right hamstring) is day-to-day.


The Lakers won their lone meeting with the Raptors last season on a Kobe Bryant fadeaway jumper from the corner with 4.8 seconds remaining after sweeping the 2010-11 series with Toronto 2-0. The two teams have split six season series while the Lakers have swept the other ten. This will be the 32nd meeting between the two teams with the Lakers leading the all-time series 25-6. In the team’s 20th meeting back on January 22, 2006, Kobe Bryant made NBA history, scoring 81 points including 55 points in the second half to bring the Lakers back from 18 down to defeat the Raptors 122-104 at STAPLES Center. Only Wilt Chamberlain in March of 1962 scored more points in a game (100) and points in a half (59) than Bryant. In addition, Bryant eclipsed Elgin Baylor’s franchise record 71 points in a game and his own franchise record for points in a half (42) in what was ultimately the Lakers largest come-from-behind victory of the season. The 122 points scored by the Lakers in the contest were the most ever scored by Los Angeles against Toronto, eclipsing the old mark of 120 points established in the teams’ first ever game back on December 8, 1995. Back on February 1, 2008, the Lakers matched their largest margin of victory against Toronto with a 121-101 victory at Air Canada Centre. The Lakers are 8-2 in their last 10 overall games against the Raptors and have won four straight. The Lakers are 10-2 all-time against the Raptors at STAPLES Center and are winners of their last nine in a row at home. When visiting Toronto, the Lakers are 12-4 all-time against the Raptors and 7-3 in their last 10 visits to Air Canada Centre. In 27 career games (23 starts) against Toronto, Kobe Bryant is averaging 27.9 points, his second highest total against any one team behind Charlotte (29.3). Lakers forward Pau Gasol and Raptors guard Jose Calderon have both played for Spain internationally as members of the 2012 Olympic silver medal team, 2011 Eurobasket Championship gold medal team, the 2008 Olympic silver medal team and the gold medal winning Spanish 2006 FIBA World Championship team. Raptors center/forward Amir Johnson played his prep ball locally at Westchester HS. Metta World Peace and Raptors guard Kyle Lowry were teammates in Houston during the 2008-09 season while Gasol and Lowry played in Memphis together in 2006-07 and part of 2007-08. Raptors guard/forward Mickael Pietrus and Dwight Howard were teammates with Orlando (2008-11).

With the Lakers trailing by four points with 1:41 to play after leading each of the first three quarters and for most of the fourth, Kobe Bryant connected on a three with 56.6 seconds remaining, stole the ball on the ensuing possession, set up Metta World Peace for the go-ahead fast break layup and after a Jose Calderon 17-footer put Toronto back ahead, knocked down a fade-away jumper from the corner with 4.8 seconds on the clock to ultimately secure a 94-92 victory for the Lakers at Air Canada Centre. The win gave the Lakers a 3-3 split on their season-high 6-game Grammy road trip. Bryant finished with a team-high 27 points including 11 in the final period. Pau Gasol (16 points, game-high 17 rebounds, team-high 6 assists) and Andrew Bynum (14 points, 9 rebounds, 2 blocks) were the only other Lakers in double-figures. Calderon led all scorers with a career-high 30 points on 13-of-18 shooting (4-4 3FG). Linas Kleiza (15 points) and Leandro Barbosa (12 points) came off the bench to each post doublefigure scoring games while Demar DeRozan finished with a game-high seven assists but only eight points on 2-of-13 shooting in the loss.