Lakers pull away in the 4th quarter to knock off Bulls

ESPN: The Lakers may be Kobe Bryant’s team, but once again, they showed they’re not a one-man operation.

Sasha Vujacic scored 19 points, Lamar Odom added 17 points and 16 rebounds, and Los Angeles beat the Chicago Bulls 103-91 Tuesday night.

Slowed by a groin injury, Bryant scored 18 points but was a nonfactor for long stretches against the team he targeted as a possible destination during the offseason.

“Everybody’s contributing and playing well,” Bryant said. “It makes the game fun.”

Odom started an 11-point run with a layup and capped it with a dunk as the Lakers turned an 86-83 lead into a 14-point advantage with 3:24 left in the game. In between, they took advantage of three turnovers, and got an alley-oop dunk by Andrew Bynum and a layup and 3-pointer by Jordan Farmar.

“Balance, that’s been the case the whole season,” Odom said.

Bryant seemed fine when he converted an alley-oop in the game’s opening minute, but he missed his next seven shots and was 7-for-19 overall. His skid ended with a jumper and a layup with just over 2 minutes remaining in the first half.

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  • gugy

    Good job lakers!

  • keep24

    Huge huge month for the Lakers. So far so good!

    Great win tonight. Right now we’re 4th in the West and we HAVE to be 4-0 on this road trip as all of these teams are weak or struggling.

    It’s time to smell the blood and go in for the kill.

  • http://lakers.com k0be da 1 andonly

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    I thought we were in 5th place

  • Shaq786

    i know its a long shot, but this team is the underdog team of the nba, and will upset many teams… we are fourth right now, by the end of out road trip we should be 3rd… can we keep that?… i damn well think we can

    we are going to take this league by suprise, just watch, espeically if we do a trade that will push, us… i think we can win it all

    a trade i would REALLY want to see go down is a 3 way:

    lakers<== ARTEST and KURT THOMAS
    sac<== ODOM
    seattle<== MIKKI MOORE and MIHM

    works for everyone, and if that goes down, i can see our chemistry taking us straight to the finals!

  • LakersFirst

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    Now, I might be missing something, but why does Seattle want Mikki Moore and Mihm????

  • David

    Great game tonight to start the road trip, but lets not get carried away. We are good, but just remember last season when we were 26-13. Lets just see what happnes. I like how Odom and Walton are starting to come around and the bench is good. Lets hope for 3 wins on this trip.

  • jack

    Everybody contributing. wow. even if it’s not a W, it’s still big for Lakers. but go get a W on that process just makes it perfect. Only bad thing though: 27% from threes, but m happy for better % on free throws and fewer turnovers than opponent’s team.

    umm.. Sasha’s haters: where are you again?? I need you to tell me what went wrong today? Sasha is shooting great from the floor, line everywhere. way to go sasha.

    I hope Kobe recovers fully to face Lebron next.

  • Shaq786

    seattle doesnt have a real center… they play kurt and sometime wilcox… by having mihm and mikki… they can play wolcox and kurt in their more natural positions… while mihm and mikki take over at center

  • ab4sure

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    actually this is not a bad trade. Mihm would be a good veteran presence to replace Thomas and they also get mikki. Odom could possibly thrive in Sac without the pressure of LA and the lakers get a veteran center in kurt who has been in alot of battles and would relieve the pressure off of young Bynum somewhat. And they also get Artest. Makes alot of sense.

    Why it probably won’t happen??? Sactown doesn’t want to ever help the lakers even if it is their own best interests. And also with the lakers doing so well they might want to wait and see how they are doing before the trade deadline.

  • ab4sure

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    Your twisting what most people said about Sasha. Our point was that Critt is a better player than Sasha. I want Sasha to do well because he helps the lakers and he is contributing. So in the future when critt is the starter sasha can still do what he does and help the lakers win.

  • MILO

    Sasha for MVP ha ha ha lol, but on the real i like Sasha he just needs to work a little harder and become a consistent threat he’s really coming around…..