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Midway through 3, Lakers lead 69-58 as Robert Sacre is playing well.
Robert Sacre's performance tonight is not surprising at all. He got snubbed as an All-Star reserve for the third consecutive season.
WHAT A MOVE BY JORDAN HILL ON JOAKIM NOAH.
Dodgers Zack Greinke & Rockies Nolan Arrenado (courtside) at Lakers Bulls game
I like Clarkson's aggressiveness.
Chicago makes a halftime line up switch, with Snell starting (Mirotic started the 1st half and was 0 for 2 with 0 rebounds and 0 assists).
Tony Snell starts the second half for Chicago, replacing Nikola Mirotic, who was only scoreless Bull in first half.
After halftime the Lakers have the lead, the ball and Carlos Boozer. The Bulls are feeling the pressure.
LAL shot 59% in the 1st half, which will be tough to sustain in the 2nd half. Have to expect improved Bulls intensity on D.
Looks like Ducks' winning streak is in real jeopardy. Trail Sharks, 6-1, after two periods
Strong LAL bench performance in the 1st half. Carlos Boozer had 14 and 4, Jeremy Lin 8 points and 3 assists, Ed Davis 8, 4 and 2.
The only thing more consistent than Tom Petty's discography is his hairstyle. AK
Lakers are up 11 and this is probably my favorite picture of Pau Gasol. http://t.co/QXrKI4AWZ8
At the end of 2, Lakers lead 59-48 as Carlos Boozer has 14 points.
Lakers up 11 at halftime vs. Pau and the Chicago Bulls. Boozer with game-high 14 points.
LAL take a 59-48 lead into halftime, as Derrick Rose (4 for 10) misses a 3 at the buzzer. Boozer had 14 points on 7 of 10 FG's, Hill 11 + 6.
Lakers lead the Bulls, 59-48, at the half. That's correct.
Carlos Boozer will kill you, Bulls.
BREAKING: Carlos Boozer missed a wide-open layup, so you may drink. http://t.co/rOHun1vU0L
A pretty pass from Pau Gasol, which we've seen so often in this building, got Snell a dunk and Chicago within 10.
Boozer = 12 points, Gasol = 8 points. Certainly not indicative of their seasons, but scoreboard shows Lakers up 14.
JORDAN CRAIG HILL WITH NO REGARD FOR HUMAN LIFE.
Jordan Hill's been extra aggressive tonight against his former teammate, helping LAL to a 20-11 edge on the glass, and he has 10 points.
Pau Gasol's post moves >>>
Lakers arent letting this one go -- not yet anyway. Lead, 50-38 with 3:22 left in first half
Red is not Pau Gasol's color. I think he looks better in purple and/or gold.
LAL are shooting 60% against Chicago, and Tom Thibodeau isn't pleased about it. 50-37 is the lead with 3:55 left in the 2nd Q.
Lakers were up 19 against the Wizards and eventually lost, so we'll see what happens tonight.
Midway through 2, Lakers lead 44-33 as Carlos Boozer has 12 points in his revenge game against the Bulls.
Carlos Boozer was playing well with 12 points, so Byron naturally took him out of the game. 44-31, Lakers.
Boozer's up to 12 points against the team that amnestied him, hitting 6 of 8 FG's to push LAL to a 44-31 lead, their biggest of the game.
This isn't a nice way for Carlos Boozer to treat the people paying him so much money this year. BK
The Booz is indeed flowing.
Mike Dunleavy about to go on the Lakers radio broadcast.
Carlos Boozer is making the Bulls regret amnestying him during the summer. Already in double-figures.
Pau Gasol not the only great Lakers big man here tonight. James Worthy steps out of the studio to be here in person.
WHAT A PASS, JEREMY LIN.
Boozer: "Hey! And-1!" as he scores on Mirotic. He's up to 10 quick points after a tip in moments later, LAL up 38-29.
Jeremy Lin and Carlos Boozer carrying the offensive load for the Lakers. Boozer has 10, Lin 8. Both being very aggressive.
That might've been one of the worst passes I've seen in my life. Congratulations, Wes Johnson.
Wes Johnson just threw one of the worst passes you will ever.
Pau Gasol played all 12 1st Q minutes towards 6 points, 2 assists, 1 rebound and 2 blocks.
Pau Gasol has six points, two assists, two blocks and one puppy in his return to Staples against Lakers. http://t.co/4yZ631Tsmr
Crouching Boozer, Hidden And One. AK
Shouldn't have amnestied Carlos Boozer, Chicago Bulls.
Lakers up 28-19 at end of 1st quarter. Boozer leads the way with 6 pts, Clarkson 5. Pau has 6 pts, 2 asts, reb for Bulls.
LAL take a 28-19 lead into the 2nd Q, CHI narrowing the once 12-point lead with a late 3 from Tony Snell. 8 Lakers scored at least 2 pts.
At the end of 1, Lakers lead 28-19 as Carlos Boozer has six points and two rebounds in his revenge game.
Lakers up by 10 on the Bulls, but then again they had a double-digit lead on Washington too
Wes Johnson makes a good defensive play on Jimmy Butler, but should not be able to make lob passes for the rest of his career.
Similarly strong start for LAL as they had against Washington on Tuesday. The lead is 24-14 over Chicago after Lin's 2nd hoop.
2015 Jeremy Lin > 2014 Jeremy Lin.
LAL's up 22-14 after a pull-up J from Jeremy Lin soon after his entrance. Clarkson's 2 for 2 w/a 3 for 5 points, and 7 Lakers have scored.
Was told night of draft that Jordan Clarkson was not Lakers initial target in second round. Still, took a chance. Seems to be working out.
Among celebrities in the crowd, former Lakers (Bucks, Blazers, Clippers) coach Mike Dunleavy is here in the not-cheap seats.
All six Lakers to check in have scored and LA has run out to a 16-8 lead over the Bulls.
Midway through 1, Lakers lead 16-8 in Pau Gasol's return to Staples.
Carlos Boozer hit his 1st shot against his former team, a FT-line jumper, as LAL holds a 12-8 lead. LAL are 5 of 9 as a team, CHI 4 of 12.
Robert Sacre picked up two fouls in six minutes and somewhere out there, Travis Knight is smiling.
Jeanie Buss making her second consecutive appearance at Staples, no doubt to see Pau
Unfortunately, Joakim Noah has a better jump shot than me.
Wayne Ellington remains hot and scores his first jumper of the night.
Fresh off a career-high 28 points, Wayne Ellington got a tough left-handed layup to go through traffic to put LAL up 10-4 early.
LAL's 2 starting bigs, Sacre and Hill, played a lot of 1-v-1 vs. Pau last year in practice. The Spaniard won most of those games.
Kobe was supposed to address crowd after Pau tribute, but was in tremendous amount of pain & groggy from meds. Spoke to Pau privately & left
Kelly Clarkson with back-to-back threes and Lakers lead 6-0.
LAL came out in a 3-2 zone, which the Bulls worked to get a shot for Gasol, who just missed. Clarkson then hit a 3 to open the scoring.
Tribute to No. 16 http://t.co/qmIi3odEmx
Byron Scott wanted a standing ovation for Pau, and he gets one. Comoes out to center court to acknowledge fans.
Huge ovation for Gasol as he steps to half court. BK
Loud applause for Pau Gasol, who quietly acknowledges the crowd.
... But he made point to say how much he is enjoying Chicago. He still has his place in LA, though, and figures to live here in the future.
If I started today, how long would it take me to get good at the cello? (Please include the time to acquire a cello.) BK
When Pau asked how things are w/me, I said great--and kidded him by saying I still get to live full-time in LA. He allowed that's something.