DeMar DeRozan Stars as the Chicago Bulls Knock Off the Los Angeles Lakers 124–108

DeMar DeRozan Stars as the Chicago Bulls Knock Off the Los Angeles Lakers 124–108
DeMar DeRozan (11) of the Chicago Bulls is defended by Gabe Vincent (7) of the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half in Chicago on Dec. 20, 2023. (Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
The Associated Press

CHICAGO—DeMar DeRozan had 27 points, nine assists and seven rebounds, and the Chicago Bulls beat LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers 124–108 on Wednesday night, Dec. 20.

Chicago shot 54.5% from the field and had eight players score in double figures.

Coby White had 17 points and reserve Ayo Dosunmu added 14. Nikola Vucevic had 13 points and 10 rebounds for his 16th double-double of the season.

Despite the continued absence of All-Star guard Zach LaVine due to right foot inflammation, the Bulls opened a six-game home-stand with their third win in four games.

They also played without forward Torrey Craig after they announced Tuesday that he could miss up to 10 weeks with a right plantar fascia injury.

James had 25 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists for Los Angeles, falling just shy of a second consecutive triple-double.

Anthony Davis had 19 points and 14 rebounds in his hometown.

The Lakers have dropped four of five since winning the NBA In-Season Tournament.

Trailing by as much as 18 points early in the second quarter, Los Angeles rallied to repeatedly trim the deficit to as low as two as late as halfway through the third quarter, but couldn’t overtake DeRozan and Chicago.

The Bulls have put together their best stretch of perimeter shooting all season since losing the sharpshooting LaVine.

After hitting 18 of 34 3-point attempts against the Lakers, the Bulls have averaged over 14 3-pointers per game over their last 10 contests, which would rank near the top of the NBA over a full season.

Despite an early flurry when James scored or assisted on the first nine Lakers points, the Bulls opened a 48–30 lead early in the second quarter behind hot outside shooting.

Both defenses came into night among the league’s worst in allowing 3-pointers, but it was the Bulls who had the most success from deep.

Alex Caruso scored 15 points and was one of four Bulls who made three or more 3-pointers.

A Vucevic corner 3 helped send the Bulls to halftime up 61–55.

The Bulls never trailed after the first two minutes of the first quarter, and both teams emptied their benches for the final minutes.

Up Next

Lakers: At the Minnesota Timberwolves on Thursday night.

Bulls: Host the Spurs on Thursday night.

By James Fegan