Monday, January 20, 2014
Rapid Reaction: Bulls 102, Lakers 100 (OT)
By Nick Friedell
CHICAGO -- Let's take a quick look at how the Chicago Bulls squeezed out a 102-100 overtime win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday night at the United Center.
How it happened: Taj Gibson laid the ball in at the buzzer to give the Bulls an emotional victory on a play Tom Thibodeau drew up in a timeout with just 0.9 seconds left. D.J. Augustin had a season-high 27 points, with 4 rebounds and 4 assists. Nick Young led the Lakers with 31 points and five rebounds off the bench, but it wasn't enough as the Bulls overcame a five-point overtime deficit.
What it means: The story remains the same for this Chicago team each night. The Bulls continue to make plays when they need them the most and they take pride in finding different ways to win. Gibson's game winner will draw the headlines, but it's the continued solid play of Augustin that has helped turn the Bulls' season around. The diminutive point guard has been a difference-maker for Thibodeau on multiple occasions and Monday was no exception. He gives the Bulls a stabilizing presence off the bench, and might see even more minutes if Kirk Hinrich's hamstring injury is serious.
Hits: Joakim Noah had another huge game for the Bulls, going off for 17 points, 21 rebounds and 6 assists.
Misses: Carlos Boozer was just 4-for-16 from the field.
Stats of the night: The Bulls outrebounded the Lakers 55-47 and outscored them in the paint 50-38.
What's next: The Bulls take on Luol Deng and the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night.