Postgame Numbers: Lakers vs. Bulls (1/29/15)

Here is a by-the-numbers look at the Lakers’ 123-118 double-overtime victory over the Chicago Bulls.

Seconds left in overtime when Jordan Hill hit a 20-foot jumper to force a second extra period. The Bulls led by as many as five points in the first extra period, and a free throw by Pau Gasol gave the visitors a 106-104 lead with just 35.1 seconds left. After taking a timeout, the Lakers fed the ball to Hill, who sunk the game-tying jumper that forced double overtime. Hill was a terror against Chicago, finishing with a season-high 26 points, while also grabbing 12 rebounds for his career-best 16th double-double of the season.

Points scored by the Lakers in double overtime. The Lakers blitzed Chicago in the final period, pushing their lead as high as nine points by shooting 5-for-7 from the field and 7-for-9 on free throws. Led By Wayne Ellington, who scored eight of his 23 points in the second overtime, the Lakers’ scorching shooting led them past a Bulls squad that went just 4-for-11 on field goal attempts.

Lakers Shot Chart (Double Overtime)
Lakers Shot Chart (Double Overtime)

“It’s just a mindset — a mind-over-matter type of thing,” Ellington said. “My mindset is to be aggressive and stay hungry. We’re a team that has a lot to prove. A lot of guys have a lot to prove. It’s time for us to switch our gear.”

Points scored by Jimmy Butler. Chicago’s leading scorer nearly singlehandedly took down the Lakers, as he shot 9-for-17 from the field and 16-for-18 at the free throw line. The first-time all-star was questionable to even play against the Lakers due to an illness, yet Butler nonetheless unleashed a monster effort that included 27 second-half points, as he tied his career high in scoring.

Points scored by the Lakers in the paint. L.A. outscored the Bulls by 12 paint points, led by Hill and Ellington, who each had 14. Carlos Boozer also pitched in 10, as the Lakers shot 34-for-64 in that area, which also included the majority of their 30 second-chance points.

“They started out shooting (59) percent in the first half, and any team that you give confidence like that — it’s hard to shut them off,” Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau said. “They got the ball in the paint, and that caused a lot of problems for us.”

Seconds left in regulation when Chicago made its overtime-forcing run. The Lakers appeared to be cruising to the finish line, leading 98-89 with 1:21 remaining in the fourth quarter. But the Bulls took L.A. by surprise, forcing a pair of turnovers and hitting three of their four shots, including a tip-in by Gasol with 11.0 seconds left. Still, the Lakers stayed resilient and outlasted Chicago in their first double-overtime game since April 22, 2012.

“I think our guys just battled and played extremely hard all game long,” Lakers head coach Byron Scott said. “We just never got down on ourselves and never got too high. We just got that energy level, which turned up being for 58 minutes.”