Lakers fall to Bulls despite lineup shakeup with Gasol

2013-01-22T00:00:00Z Lakers fall to Bulls despite lineup shakeup with GasolThe Associated Press The Associated Press
January 22, 2013 12:00 am  • 

CHICAGO - Kirk Hinrich scored 22 points, Marco Belinelli added 15 points, and the Chicago Bulls pulled away down the stretch to beat the struggling Los Angeles Lakers 95-83 on Monday night.

Belinelli came up big in the closing minutes, scoring eight points during an 18-4 run that broke a 75-75 tie and sent the Lakers to their ninth loss in 11 games.

He started it by hitting two free throws after getting fouled by Dwight Howard with 6:54 left in the game and wrapped two three-pointers around a layup by Los Angeles' Earl Clark, making it 89-79 with 2:27 remaining.

The Lakers have now dropped six straight on the road, and this one came after coach Mike D'Antoni shook up the lineup. He moved forward Pau Gasol to a reserve role and replaced him with Clark, but the slide continued on a night when Kobe Bryant and Howard struggled.

Steve Nash led the Lakers with 18 points, but Bryant finished with just 16 on 7-of-22 shooting. That ended a run of 24 games with 20 or more points.

Howard, in foul trouble, had just eight points and nine boards. Clark had 12 points, and Gasol added 15 points and 12 rebounds.

D'Antoni made the switch because he wanted a quicker lineup. Even so, it was an eye-opening move, considering Gasol scored 25 at Toronto on Sunday.

"It isn't against him, it's better for us right now," D'Antoni said beforehand.

Bulls star point guard Derrick Rose, recovering from a left knee injury, could go through full-contact drills in practice soon.

• Wizards 98, Trail Blazers 95: In Portland, Ore., Jordan Crawford hit a three-pointer at the buzzer and Washington (9-30) dogpiled on the court after winning its fourth game in the last six. The Blazers dropped their season-high sixth straight.

• Warriors 106, Clippers 99: In Oakland, Calif., Jarrett Jack had 18 points and 10 assists, Stephen Curry made four three-pointers in the fourth quarter, and Golden State rallied from seven points down in the final 11 minutes to beat the Los Angeles Clippers.

Curry finished with 28 points for the Warriors, who are 3-1 against the Pacific Division-leading Clippers this season. Blake Griffin had 26 points and 13 rebounds for the Clippers.

• Nets 88, Knicks 85: In New York, Joe Johnson made the go-ahead jumper with 22 seconds left and scored 25 points, leading Brooklyn to a split of the four-game series.

The Nets cut the Knicks' Atlantic Division lead to one game. Carmelo Anthony had 29 points for the Knicks, but missed all six shots in the fourth quarter.

• Spurs 90, 76ers 85: In Philadelphia, Tim Duncan had 24 points and 17 rebounds, and Tony Parker scored 20 points as San Antonio won its fifth straight.

The Spurs blew an early 17-point lead before rallying again without guard Manu Ginobili, who is out with a strained left hamstring.

• Pacers 82, Grizzlies 81: In Memphis, Tenn., George Hill scored 13 points, including a clinching free throw with 1.4 seconds left, to lead Indiana over Memphis in the annual Martin Luther King Day game.

On the ensuing inbounds, Rudy Gay's 24-footer over Paul George banked in, but it came after the buzzer, giving Indiana its ninth win in the past 11.

• Rockets 100, Bobcats 94: In Charlotte, N.C., James Harden scored 29 points and hit all 10 of his free throws in the fourth quarter as Houston rallied to snap a seven-game losing streak. Kemba Walker had a career-high 35 points for the Bobcats, who set a franchise record with their 15th straight loss at home.

• Hornets 114, Kings 105: In New Orleans, Ryan Anderson scored 27 points and New Orleans survived a second half without Anthony Davis after he sprained his left ankle.

• Hawks 104, Timberwolves 96: In Atlanta, Al Horford scored a season-high 28 points to lead the Hawks over Minnesota. Former UA Wildcat Derrick Williams had 17 points for the Timberwolves.

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