The Chicago Bulls tried to protect the United Center against the Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers. The Lakers came to Chicago, Illinois to start their four game road trip and keep pace with the league leading Boston Celtics.
Kobe Bryant started the game on fire scoring 20 points in the first quarter, but the Bulls kept momentum with the Lakers ending the first half tied at 31. Derek Rose scored 12 points in 12 minutes with 3 assists before leaving the first half with back problems. The Lakers had a half time lead of six and Kobe finished the first half with 25 points making 10 of 17 from the field.
The Chicago Bulls were very competitive, but the Lakers team was to strong and Kobe was still shooting the lights out adding 17 points in the second half and scored a total of 42 points with 2 rebounds, 3 steals and 3 assists. Pau Gasol led the Lakers’ front court with a double-double scoring 10 points and 12 rebounds.
The Los Angeles Lakers beat the Chicago Bulls 96-87 and are now tied with the Boston Celtics with the best record in the NBA at 20-4.