NBA: D'Angelo Russell puts his name on the 29th spot as Lakers beat the Bulls

NBA: D’Angelo Russell puts his name as Lakers beat the Bulls

D’Angelo Russell made a season-high 8 3-pointers and scored 29 points to help lead the Los Angeles Lakers to a high-octane victory of 141-132 over the Chicago Bulls, who were visiting Chicago Bulls on Thursday night.

LeBron James scored 26 points as well as 12 assists following being absent for one game because of the injury to his ankle. Anthony Davis recorded 22 points and 11 rebounds to complete his seventh consecutive double-double. Austin Reaves had 20 points and eight assists for Los Angeles.

Jarred Vanderbilt scored 17 points and 8-of-11 shooting and Taurean Prince scored 14 points to lead the Lakers that had lost 13 of their previous 20 games.

DeMar DeRozan registered 32 points and 10 assists, while Coby White had 27 points as well as seven boards to lead the Bulls. Nikola Vucevic had 20 points and eight rebounds. Ayo Dosunmu chipped in 18 points. Alex Caruso added 17 points, and Andre Drummond had 11 points and nine rebounds. Chicago lost to 0-2, on an all-road trip that included three games.

The Bulls were without Zach LaVine (ankle) for the third time in a row.

Los Angeles began to take control after Russell scored a three-pointer with 8:44 remaining in the second quarter. It made it a 2-0 game for the Lakers ahead and kicked off a half-time, 31-14 win.

Chicago was trailing 61-57 following the 3-pointer of Dosunmu with just 3:08 remaining before the Lakers scored 12 consecutive points to take an advantage of 73-57 at halftime.

Los Angeles shot 61.4 percent from the floor and shot 11-of-17 (64.7 percentage) from 3-point range during the second half. Reaves scored 16 minutes before the break to lead the Lakers and DeRozan scored 13 points in the second half to lead the Bulls.

Russell was on fire during the third quarter, as he hit five 3-pointers, and scored 17 points.

Russell scored two tries during the first half of the third quarter as Los Angeles increased its lead to 89-67. Then, Russell knocked down three points in 103 seconds in the final 103 seconds as the Lakers were leading by 106-84. Davis added an uncontested basket to give it a game-high24 points with 1:22 remaining.

The Lakers enjoyed a 112-93 advantage in the final quarter. The Bulls came within 140-132 with two free-throws by the Lakers’ DeRozan, with 46.2 seconds remaining, but Los Angeles closed it out.