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Ball scores 19 as Lakers deal Bulls eighth straight loss

LOS ANGELES (AP) Lonzo Ball and the Los Angeles Lakers were angry after the NBA's worst team broke a long losing streak on their home floor. They weren't about to let the league's second-worst team do the same thing on Tuesday night.

Ball scored 13 of his 19 points in the second half as the Lakers handed the Chicago Bulls their eighth straight loss with a 107-100 victory.

It was just the fourth win in 11 games for Los Angeles since LeBron James was sidelined with a groin injury.

''It was a must-win today, I knew I had to pick up whatever I could,'' said Ball, who also had rebounds and six assists. ''We were missing shots early but we got it together.''

The game was close for the first 28 minutes before Los Angeles took control. It was tied at 48 with 9:24 remaining in the third quarter when the Lakers went on a 13-7 run, which included eight straight points at the start. Tyson Chandler scored the first two points before Ball scored 11 straight, including three 3-pointers.

''He's got a knack for hitting big shots. He's not afraid to knock down a 3 when we needed it,'' Lakers coach Luke Walton said. ''What is great is seeing him more confident in getting to the rim. He can draw contact but still be able to finish.''

Chicago got within 72-68 on a 3-pointer by Wayne Seldon, but the Lakers pulled away again with six straight points to end the third and start the fourth.

Los Angeles' lead grew to 94-76 with 4:26 remaining in the game before Chicago made a late flurry to get within 103-98 in the final minute.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, who got just his fourth start of the season, scored 17 points while Brandon Ingram and Kyle Kuzma scored 16 apiece.

The Lakers erased the bitter taste of a 101-95 loss Sunday to the Cleveland Cavaliers, who ended a 12-game skid, and gained some confidence going into a three-game stretch where they face Oklahoma City, Houston and Golden State.

''We've been losing and wanted to go out on the road with some momentum,'' Ball said.

Jabari Parker came off the bench to lead Chicago with 18 points and Lauri Markkanen added 17.

''We have to play better basketball for more of the game. We played about 28 to 35 minutes of good basketball and had 12 minutes of not good basketball,'' Bulls coach Jim Boylen said. ''We don't have enough firepower to be able to turn it on and take over the game. We have to plow through it and get the lead and hold on to it.''

Both teams struggled shooting from the floor in the first quarter, but the Lakers held a 19-18 lead, marking the first time in eight games they led after the first 12 minutes.

Los Angeles held a 44-43 lead at halftime as the first half had 22 lead changes and five ties.

TIP-INS

Bulls: Chicago's 8 of 28 from the field in the first quarter was its second-worst opening 12 minutes of the season. It was 8 of 29 in a Dec. 26 loss to Minnesota. ... The Bulls were 7 of 17 on 3-pointers in the second half after going 2 of 14 in the first.

Lakers: Kuzma also had 12 rebounds as he recorded his third double-double of the season. ... The Lakers were 2 of 15 on 3-pointers in the first half but 6 of 11 in the second half, which included three from Ball.

LINEUP CHANGE

Walton changed his starting lineup, putting Tyson Chandler at center and Caldwell-Pope at guard while moving JaVale McGee and Josh Hart to the bench.

Chandler, who got his third start, scored eight points and had three rebounds in 26 minutes. Walton was also pleased with Caldwell-Pope holding Zach LaVine to 10 points, including 4 of 11 from the field, as well as what McGee and Hart provided off the bench.

''I'm sure there was some anger but they both engaged. You could tell by Josh's defensive demeanor in the fourth that he was locked in,'' Walton said.

NUMBER OF NOTE

The Lakers have won all four games since James' injury when Ingram had six assists or more. He had seven against the Bulls.

''It is a chance for me to get everyone involved and show another part of my game,'' Ingram said. ''With me getting in the lane the defense collapses and a lot of guys are open.''

UP NEXT

Bulls: Conclude their five-game road trip against the Denver Nuggets on Thursday night.

Lakers: Travel to Oklahoma City on Thursday night for the second of three meetings against the Thunder.

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Key Players
Z. LaVine
8 PG
K. Kuzma
0 PF
32.8 Min. Per Game 32.8
18.8 Pts. Per Game 18.8
2.4 Ast. Per Game 2.4
5.8 Reb. Per Game 5.8
45.5 Field Goal % 46.3
45.6 Three Point % 46.2
86.4 Free Throw % 75.5
  Defensive rebound by Kentavious Caldwell-Pope 0:00
+ 1 Shaquille Harrison made 2nd of 3 free throws 0:01
+ 1 Shaquille Harrison made 1st of 3 free throws 0:01
  Shooting foul on Ivica Zubac 0:01
  Offensive rebound by Ryan Arcidiacono 0:06
  Shaquille Harrison missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:11
+ 1 Kentavious Caldwell-Pope made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:19
  Kentavious Caldwell-Pope missed 1st of 2 free throws 0:19
  LAL team rebound 0:19
  Personal foul on Shaquille Harrison 0:19
  LAL team rebound 0:19
Team Stats
Points 100 107
Field Goals 37-92 (40.2%) 38-82 (46.3%)
3-Pointers 9-31 (29.0%) 8-26 (30.8%)
Free Throws 17-24 (70.8%) 23-34 (67.6%)
Total Rebounds 56 61
Offensive 13 13
Defensive 33 38
Team 10 10
Assists 21 21
Steals 11 7
Blocks 6 4
Turnovers 13 17
Fouls 26 18
Technicals 1 0
10 PTS, 4 REB, 8 AST
19 PTS, 8 REB, 6 AST
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away team logo Bulls 10-34 18252532100
home team logo Lakers 24-21 19253231107
Team Stats
away team logo Bulls 10-34 105.3 PPG 42.6 RPG 22.1 APG
home team logo Lakers 24-21 111.7 PPG 46.3 RPG 25.2 APG
Key Players
J. Parker PF PPG RPG APG FG%
L. Ball PG 9.9 PPG 5.3 RPG 5.4 APG 40.6 FG%
Top Scorers
J. Parker PF 18 PTS 3 REB 2 AST
L. Ball PG 19 PTS 8 REB 6 AST
40.2 FG% 46.3
29.0 3PT FG% 30.8
70.8 FT% 67.6
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
L. Markkanen 17 3 0 6/14 3/8 2/2 0 31 1 1 1 0 3 -12 21
C. Hutchison 12 5 0 5/9 0/1 2/2 3 26 2 0 0 2 3 +2 19
Z. LaVine 10 4 8 4/11 1/4 1/2 2 32 0 0 3 2 2 -15 27
K. Dunn 6 5 4 2/7 0/1 2/2 3 31 1 2 5 0 5 -25 17
W. Carter Jr. 6 10 2 3/9 0/1 0/0 3 28 1 1 3 2 8 -13 19
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
L. Markkanen 17 3 0 6/14 3/8 2/2 0 31 1 1 1 0 3 -12 21
C. Hutchison 12 5 0 5/9 0/1 2/2 3 26 2 0 0 2 3 +2 19
Z. LaVine 10 4 8 4/11 1/4 1/2 2 32 0 0 3 2 2 -15 27
K. Dunn 6 5 4 2/7 0/1 2/2 3 31 1 2 5 0 5 -25 17
W. Carter Jr. 6 10 2 3/9 0/1 0/0 3 28 1 1 3 2 8 -13 19
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
J. Parker 18 3 2 7/10 2/4 2/4 4 16 2 0 0 2 1 +5 27
R. Arcidiacono 12 2 1 3/5 1/2 5/5 2 19 2 1 0 1 1 +17 19
S. Harrison 10 3 0 3/10 1/4 3/7 4 24 1 1 0 0 3 +10 15
W. Selden Jr. 5 2 0 2/4 1/2 0/0 1 9 0 0 1 0 2 -10 6
B. Portis 2 7 3 1/11 0/4 0/0 4 16 0 0 0 2 5 -4 15
C. Felicio 2 2 1 1/2 0/0 0/0 0 2 1 0 0 2 0 +10 7
R. Lopez - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Valentine - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Blakeney - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Sampson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Alkins - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 100 46 21 37/92 9/31 17/24 26 234 11 6 13 13 33 -35 192
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
L. Ball 19 8 6 8/17 3/7 0/0 0 37 2 0 3 4 4 +13 38
K. Caldwell-Pope 17 4 1 4/11 1/6 8/10 1 31 2 0 1 2 2 +14 24
B. Ingram 16 9 7 7/13 0/2 2/4 4 39 1 0 3 0 9 +9 37
K. Kuzma 16 12 2 6/15 1/6 3/4 2 30 0 0 5 2 10 +10 27
T. Chandler 8 3 2 3/3 0/0 2/4 2 26 0 1 0 1 2 +19 16
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
L. Ball 19 8 6 8/17 3/7 0/0 0 37 2 0 3 4 4 +13 38
K. Caldwell-Pope 17 4 1 4/11 1/6 8/10 1 31 2 0 1 2 2 +14 24
B. Ingram 16 9 7 7/13 0/2 2/4 4 39 1 0 3 0 9 +9 37
K. Kuzma 16 12 2 6/15 1/6 3/4 2 30 0 0 5 2 10 +10 27
T. Chandler 8 3 2 3/3 0/0 2/4 2 26 0 1 0 1 2 +19 16
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
J. McGee 9 4 1 3/10 0/0 3/4 1 13 0 3 0 3 1 0 18
I. Zubac 7 3 1 2/2 0/0 3/4 3 7 0 0 0 0 3 -12 12
S. Mykhailiuk 6 0 1 2/5 2/4 0/0 2 16 0 0 0 0 0 -4 8
M. Beasley 4 4 0 1/4 0/0 2/4 1 10 0 0 2 1 3 -8 6
L. Stephenson 3 0 0 1/1 1/1 0/0 1 3 0 0 2 0 0 -4 1
J. Hart 2 4 0 1/1 0/0 0/0 1 22 2 0 1 0 4 -2 7
R. Rondo - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Williams - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Wagner - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Caruso - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Bonga - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. James - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 107 51 21 38/82 8/26 23/34 18 234 7 4 17 13 38 +35 194