Sunday , Nov , 19 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Odom leads Lakers past slumping Bulls

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – Lamar Odom scored 23 points and pulled down
10 rebounds to lead the Los Angeles Lakers to an 82-72 victory over the
Chicago Bulls.

The win came despite a 30-point performance by Chicago’s Andres Nocioni, who
hit six-of-nine three-pointers on the night. Luol Deng scored 13 for the
Bulls, who have lost four in a row. Ben Wallace scored eight points and
grabbed 12 boards for Chicago.

Kobe Bryant scored 18 for the Lakers, who have won three in a row. Andrew
Bynum donated 12 and pulled down 13 rebounds for LA.

“I’m happy I was able to help the team win,” said Bynum. “It really helps my
confidence.”

The Lakers broke open a 62-62 game in the fourth quarter with a 12-1 run to
take control of the game. A three-pointer from Ben Gordon brought the Bulls to
back within four at 74-70 with 3:10 left in the game. The Lakers clamped down
on defense, though, and hit their free throws down the stretch to hold on for
the win.

A Nocioni three-pointer to open the fourth-quarter tied the game up at 62-62,
but the Lakers took control from there to run away with the game.

Nocioni single-handedly kept the Bulls in the game early, on a night when Kirk
Hinrich and Gordon could not get a shot to drop. Nocioni scored 14 points in
the first quarter alone, as the Bulls took a 21-19 lead into the second
quarter.

The cold shooting of the Bulls in the second quarter allowed the Lakers to
take the lead, as Chicago only managed 14 points in the quarter on the way to
trailing 38-35 at the half.

“We couldn’t find the bottom of the basket,” said Chicago head coach Scott
Skiles. “This was our best effort, and everybody played with good intensity.
We just couldn’t hit the shots.”

Hinrich shot only 1-of-7 on the night, and scored four points, while Gordon
was 3-of-9 for only nine points in the defeat. The Bulls managed to shoot
just 33.8 percent from the field.

Game Notes

The 72 points were the lowest the Bulls have ever scored against the
Lakers…Bynum’s four blocked shots were a career high…LA’s Jordan Farmar
left in the second quarter with an ankle injury, and did not return…The
Bulls have lost six in a row on the road since their opening-night win in
Miami.

CHI LAL