Lakers vs. Chicago: Lakers escape Bulls late
Lakers 98, Bulls 91 (final)
A 13-point Lakers lead that looked so safe after Steve Blake made back-to-back three-pointers turned out not to be so safe.
The Bulls came right back and got to within 96-89 on a drive by Derrick Rose, forcing the Lakers to call a timeout with 2:14 left.
Pau Gasol, who wasn't having a very good game, tipped in a missed by Kobe Bryant for a 98-89 Lakers lead that pretty much finished off the Bulls.
The Lakers have won five consecutive games and improved to 13-2.
Gasol had 12 points and 11 rebounds, but he was just three for 10 from the field and had several of his shots blocked.
Rose had 30 points and eight rebounds for the Bulls.
Bryant had 20 points on eight-for-18 shooting.
Lakers 74, Bulls 73 (end of third)
The Lakers had a 10-point lead in the third quarter, building it by scoring the first eight points.
But behind Derrick Rose, the Bulls came charging back and got to within one point at the end of the third.
Rose had 27 points and seven assists through three quarters.
The Lakers tried trapping and double-teaming Rose, but it didn't seem to slow him down.
Rose got help from former USC star Taj Gibson, who had 10 points and nine rebounds through three quarters.
Pau Gasol didn't have a good game through three quarters, scoring nine points on two-for-five shooting, and grabbing six rebounds.
Lakers 51, Bulls 49 (halftime)
Shannon Brown was the man of the moment for the Lakers in the second quarter.
Brown had 15 of his 18 first-half points in that quarter.
He was six for nine from the field in the first half, four for six from three-point range.
Brown was matched by Chicago guard Derrick Rose.
Rose had 16 points and seven assists in the first half, doing his part to keep the Bulls close.
Lakers 26, Bulls 26 (end of first quarter)
It took a three-point shot by Shannon Brown just before the quarter expired for the Lakers to tie the score.
it took that because Chicago's Luol Deng did a job on the Lakers, scoring 11 points.
Kobe Bryant led the Lakers with nine points in the first.
At 12-2, the Lakers have equaled their third best 14-game start in franchise history.
Both the 2008-09 and 2001-02 teams started their seasons 13-1.
The Lakers have won four consecutive games and look to extend their winning streak Tuesday night against the Chicago Bulls at Staples Center.
Chicago is a team that Lakers Coach Phil Jackson has a fondness for.
Jackson won six NBA championships with the Bulls. He has won five with the Lakers.
-- Broderick Turner