Lakers coach Phil Jackson on his team holding the Bulls down to 18 points in the fourth quarter:
"No our defense I thought got a lot better. We got some stops and penetration, we got some turnovers and we got some rebounds."
Lakers coach Phil Jackson on Shannon Brown's first half tonight:
"He was remarkable. He had a trippy half to keep us in the ball game, things were going great for us."
Lakers coach Phil Jackson on Shannon Brown's performance this year compared to the last two years:
"Shannon had a little hesitation whether he should shoot or drive. He's got so much confidence right now. He's real comfortable in taking the shot…we're encouraging him to, when it feels right to shoot that ball. Otherwise, he's got such a great drive teams have to play back off him a little bit because of his speed."
Lakers coach Phil Jackson on Derrick Rose's performance tonight:
"He had a great third quarter. Some of that's a product, so much effort that has to be put in to try to drive and penetrate from a distance. He was getting the ball over half court and trying to drive it from a distance. I think he just probably was getting tired…but he showed his style tonight."
Lakers coach Phil Jackson on his small line up in the fourth quarter with Shannon Brown, Steve Blake, Matt Barnes and Kobe Bryant:
"We had such a success in the first half, and I felt that Lamar [Odom] needed a rest. He played great for us tonight but Lamar [Odom] looked tired, wasn't running the court really well there for awhile, and then we got some momentum with that group and I just stayed with it."
Lakers guard Kobe Bryant on his team's bench play tonight:
"The starters were ready to go, they were just playing well. I think it was a great call by Phil to leave them in."
Lakers guard Kobe Bryant on how the Bulls team looked:
"They look good. They execute well, they play with a lot of energy, they play hard, and you're still missing an All-Star [Carlos Boozer]."
Lakers guard Kobe Bryant on if Shannon Brown's high shooting efficiency has become expected:
"Yeah, I mean he's a great shooter, so when he has those open looks I expect them to go down. I don't think it's something where he's hot or anything like that. He's such a great shooter. If he's open he's going to make it."
Lakers guard Steve Blake on the bench's performance tonight:
"These guys are playing on a high level right now, night in and night out, on both sides of the court too. It's big for our team, it's big for me as a point guard when we're playing with guys like that, and we've got it rolling right now."
Lakers guard Steve Blake on keeping the Bulls to 18 points in the fourth quarter:
"I think we packed it in a little tighter. We didn't let them stand us out or start to get to that to start breaking us down. So I think it was a little bit of us, but at the same time they probably didn't play as well."
Lakers guard Steve Blake on Bull's Coach Tom Thibodeau commenting on the bench's performance tonight:
"That's cool to hear. You know if you have to focus a little bit more on us maybe that'll make the starters play a little better. I mean it's a total team game, we try to do our role, our role is to come in and play well. We've got great players out there at all times
Lakers forward Lamar Odom on Derrick Rose:
"He's so quick, he's so good. His court vision, his ability to tackle from different spots on the court. Just get in there, over the rim, stick to one side, stick to the other side. It's tough. He's really good, I got to watch him a lot this summer."
Lakers forward Lamar Odom on another guard in the league that requires as much defensive responsibility as Derrick Rose :
"I'd say he's the first, you know, cause it's kind of like quarterback when you get the ball first. Sometimes we play that way with Deron Williams as well. And he's their first option and he has to go first. Unlike, you think about, Westbrook he comes down, he's looking for Durant to shoot. Those guys are tough, so smart, crafty, such a young ball player."
Lakers guard Shannon Brown on the biggest difference between his play this year and last year:
"More comfortable, more comfortable with my game, the system [and] with the players. And really playing basketball like I know how, not worrying too much, and just trying to be a better basketball player."
Lakers guard Shannon Brown on the Bulls defense:
"They definitely have that Boston mentality with the coach over there. They try to load up, try to push you on the ground, they try to double team Kobe and make us do other things. They came out and played hard."
Chicago Bulls Coach Tom Thibodeau on the Lakers 3-point shooting:
"They put a lot of pressure on us. I thought they made the right plays and they shot the three extremely well and we were closing short. They have been shooting the three great all season. They got uncontested looks and they made them."
Chicago Bulls Coach Tom Thibodeau on the Lakers defense:
"The Lakers are a heck of a defensive team. You have got to make quick decisions against them. You got to move their size and then when you finish the game they're small and quick. I thought we settled sometimes. We settled too much for the jumper."
Chicago Bulls Coach Tom Thibodeau on Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol:
"Kobe puts a lot of pressure on you and Gasol as well. The thing about Gasol is he didn't have a big game but his post presence. You're worried about Kobe off the dribble and you're worried about Gasol in the post. You have to take care of both, and get out to the three point line."
Chicago Bulls Coach Tom Thibodeau on the Lakers bench of Barnes, Blake and Brown:
"He's been playing very, very well. I think they add a lot to the team. I think because experience, shooting, and they have quality back-ups at all the perimeter positions now. If someone is off a little bit or they're trying to buy some time. All three are very good defenders and I think sometimes that gets overlooked. I think Blake is an underrated defender. Shannon Brown has really come along way; he's turned into a heck of a defender and of course Barnes is a very good defender. They play unselfishly and they play hard."
Chicago Bulls Coach Tom Thibodeau on the play of Shannon Brown:
"I thought Shannon Brown played a great game for them. You're concerned with him in transition, but you're concerned with the way he's cutting right now. You have to stay on his body and you also can't allow him any spot up threes. He's shooting with a lot of confidence you can see it when he's raising up."
Chicago Bulls Coach Tom Thibodeau on his team's performance:
"On the road against a quality opponent you have to play 48 minutes and we didn't do that tonight."
Bulls forward Luol Deng on guarding Kobe Bryant:
"I just make everything tough for him. He's going to get his looks, he's going to get his numbers, but we wanted him to take a lot of shots to get to that number."
Bulls guard Derrick Rose on why the Lakers what he thought about tonight's game:
"They were hitting tough shots when they went small. A lot of players for them stepped up their game and were making some tough shots out there."
Bulls guard Derrick Rose on Shannon Brown's performance:
"He's shooting the ball well this year and he's got a lot of confidence. He's doing great for them. We should have made him a driver."
Bulls guard Derrick Rose on if he expected the Lakers bench to be this effective:
"Of course. Everybody in the league knows that their bench is like a transition team, where they get out in the open and try to shoot a lot of [three-pointers]. And they were hitting tonight."
Bulls forward Joakim Noah on his success against Pau Gasol tonight:
"He won the game, so that's the only thing that matters at this point. I feel like we played very hard tonight. We just got to look at the things that we can do better…It's always tough to lose but that's a very good team out there."
Bulls forward Joakim Noah on what was behind the Bulls 18-point fourth quarter performance:
"They been playing together for a long time now. They have a lot of experience. They know how to turn it up in the fourth quarter. These games are good for us because it tells us where we are exactly when you play against those top teams. It tells you where you are and if you can compete against them, and we feel like we can compete against anybody."