The Los Angeles Lakers made it four in a row after hanging on to a 108-103 victory over the Chicago Bulls. Despite the Lakers inabiilty to make a three-point shot — shooting 20.8 percent from beyond the arc — they overcame their perimeter deficiency even with Lonzo Ball remaining sidelined.
The Lakers nearly blew this one, giving up the lead late in the fourth. The purple and gold led by as many as 17-points, but a late-game charge from Chicago put the Lakers on their heels. To everyone’s shock, the Lakers’ free-throw shooting came up big for them through the final minutes, with the team making an astonishing 12 of their 15 attempts from the line in the final frame.
That is not a typo. Another not-typo category stat? The Lakers shot 5-of-24 from deep, while the Bulls went 17-of-36.
Brandon Ingram stuffed the stat sheet for the Lakers, scoring 25 points with nine rebounds and five assists. He scored 10 points in the fourth quarter, doing just enough to let the Lakers squeak away with the win. Jordan Clarkson added in 19 points and four assists off the bench.
This matches the longest winning streak of the Lakers’ season, even with Ball being out through the entire stretch. LA has won 8 of its last 10 games, a 180 turn from the massive losing streak that came before.
Next up, a visit to the Toronto Raptors for a 3 p.m. PT tip-off on Sunday.