Rose's 30 not enough as Lakers pull away in the 4th

For the second time during this two week road trip, a heroic Derrick Rose effort would go in vain as the Bulls (7-5) fell to the Los Angeles Lakers (13-2) 98-91 Tuesday night at the Staples Center.

Rose finished with 30 points--making this the third time in four games that he has scored 30 or more during this trip-- addomg 8 assists. Joakim Noah scored 19 points, 13 rebounds and Taj Gibson scored 16 and pulled down 12 rebounds.

The loss dropped the Bulls record to 2-2 on this seven game road wing and was the Lakers seventh straight win.

The Bulls did everything defensively they could do to win this one. They held the Lakers to 36 points in the paint, 11 off of their total, which is the second best total in the league. They held Kobe Bryant (20 points 8-18 FGM/A) relatively in check, as well as Pau Gasol (12 points 3-10 FGM/A) outrebounded them 46-38 and made L.A.'s bench do the heavy lifting (39 points).

Chicago just couldn't get anything going outside of Rose, Noah and Gibson. The rest of the team would go 9-36 from the field and the bench was only able to produce 10 points.

The Lakers were led by Lamar Odom and Shannon Brown with 21 points apiece.

Despite the inadequate offense, the Bulls stayed with the Lakers throughout the game, even grabbing the lead in the fourth after a Noah jumpshot put them up ahead 81-79 with 8:12 to go in the fourth, but Chicago wouldn't make another field goal until the 3:40 mark. By that time the Lakers had went on a 17-2 run to make the game 96-85 and the Bulls couldn't get anything going to seriously challenge the final result, seriously.

The Bulls won't get much rest as they will play the Phoenix Suns (7-7) on Wednesday night.

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After scoring 11 points in the first quarter and being very aggressive in getting to the rim, Luol Deng only scored 2 points in the second quarter and none in the second half.

Deng is averaging 13.8 ppg so far during this road swing and.


Bogans is now 3-13 from three-point land during this road trip and since that's where most of his shots are taken, he needs to find his touch sooner than later.


Both Chicago's own, Shannon Brown and Derrick Rose had amazing quarters where Staples Center fans were left shaking their heads.

Brown would score 15 of his 21 points in the second quarter, going 3-4 from 3 helping the Lakers to a 51-49. His only missed three attempt coming on a 56-foot heave to end the quarter.

Rose would score 11 of his 30 in the third quarter as Chicago went on a 16-9 run to cut a Lakers lead to 74-73 going into the fourth.

L.A. trapped Rose to begin the game, sending him to help off screen and rolls, both as the Bulls continued to move the ball, getting way looks inside, the Lakers were forced to play him straight up and he made whoever was in front of him look like obstacles and he consistently found his way into the paint for some acrobatic finishes so nice, Kobe would be left looking in disbelief.

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