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News » Chicago Bulls Getting Inside 2009-11-20

Chicago Bulls Getting Inside 2009-11-20

Chicago Bulls Getting Inside 2009-11-20As the first team to play against the Los Angeles Lakers' full lineup this season, the Bulls didn't hold up very well.

They trailed by double digits the entire second half and didn't seem to have enough height to counter the Lakers' tall front line of Pau Gasol, Andrew Bynum and Lamar Odom. The Lakers became just the second team in 11 games to score 100 points against the Bulls' defense. Boston was the other in an Oct. 30 blowout.

So the Bulls dropped to 1-1 on their challenging circus road trip and now move on to play the other Western Conference final team of last season, the Denver Nuggets.

The good news for the Bulls is they get a day off before facing Denver on Saturday, while the Nuggets will be in Los Angeles playing the Clippers on Friday.

This is a replay of the somewhat infamous "replay" game. Last week at the United Center, the Bulls suffered a disappointing one-point loss to Denver when Brad Miller's apparent game-winning jumper was waved off after referees spent about 10 minutes watching the replay.

Despite the loss, the Bulls did hold the Nuggets to just 90 points, about 16 less than their average. They also did a pretty good job against high-scoring forward Carmelo Anthony, who hit 8 of 22 shots for 20 points.

Maybe it's a good sign that guard Derrick Rose lived up to his promise to be more aggressive offensively. He attacked the basket throughout the game against the Lakers but missed 13 of his first 15 shots. He hit his stride in the second half by knocking down seven shots in a row.

LAKERS 108, BULLS 93: Forward Pau Gasol's successful return to the court turned out to be trouble for the Bulls. Playing for the first time all season after recovering from a hamstring injury, Gasol produced 24 points and 13 rebounds as the Los Angeles Lakers rolled to an easy win Thursday at the Staples Center. Bulls guard John Salmons scored all 18 of his points in the first half to keep the game close for a while, but the Bulls fell behind by 11 at halftime and never made a run in the second half. After a rough start, guard Derrick Rose hit his final seven shots of the game to finish with 20 points.

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