Lakers vs. Chicago: Lakers start trip with loss to Bulls
Bulls 88, Lakers 84 (final)
It was not the kind of start to a six-game trip the Lakers were looking for. They hit the road with a loss at Chicago because they could not stop the Bulls' Derrick Rose.
Rose finished with 29 points, nine assists and five rebounds.
Kobe Bryant scored 23 points and moved past John Havlicek (26,395 points) for 11th on the NBA's all-time scoring list. Bryant has 26,398.
But Bryant missed the second of two free throws with 11.9 seconds left, leaving the Lakers behind 86-83.
Pau Gasol had 21 points and Lamar Odom 18 for the Lakers.
Rose scored on a drive that ended with a left-handed layup for an 83-77 Bulls lead.
After Derek Fisher made a three-pointer, Rose scored again for an 85-80 Bulls lead that the Lakers were not able to overcome.
Bulls 66, Lakers 58 (end of third quarter)
The Lakers couldn't turn things around in the third quarter.
All the momentum they lost to the Bulls in the second quarter carried over to the third.
The Lakers went down by as many as 10 points in the third, leaving them in a hole to start the fourth quarter.
The Lakers' defense again wasn't very good, allowing the Bulls to score 30 points in the third.
Bulls 36, Lakers 32 (end of first half)
A 13-point Lakers lead disappeared in the second quarter.
Chicago outscored the Lakers, 24-10, in the second quarter.
Derrick Rose had nine of his 14 first-half points in the quarter, and three of his four first-half assists.
By the half, the Lakers were shooting 37.8% from the field. Kobe Bryant was three for nine from the field in the first half and Derek Fisher was one for five.
The Lakers had eight turnovers in the second quarter.
Lakers 22, Bulls 12 (end of first quarter)
It was all about the Lakers' defense in the first quarter.
It was a defense that stopped the Bulls cold, holding Chicago to 25% shooting in the first quarter.
Chicago's super-quick point guard, Derrick Rose, was two-for-eight shooting in the quarter.
Pau Gasol led the Lakers with 10 points.
Once again, Lakers Coach Phil Jackson was asked about his feelings about coaching in Chicago at the United Center, a building where Jackson won the last three of the six NBA championships the Bulls collected when he was their coach.
Jackson said he didn't have any feelings about facing the Bulls on Friday night at the United Center, but that he does have feelings about the old Chicago Stadium, the Bulls' home arena when he won his first three consecutive titles (1991-93) with Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen.
"If they could build the old arena and put it back up again, I get a lot of feelings out of that one," Jackson said. "It was a great place to play. We always rued the fact that they took it down, but this [United Center] is a beautiful place. It's a big barn. But it's not quite like that old place was."
Then for a brief moment, Jackson turned to the game that was being played Friday night. He said that rookie power forward Derrick Caracter, who suffered a sprained left ankle in the first quarter of Wednesday night's game against the Clippers, would be a game-time decision.
"He's going to be on the active roster, though, for sure," Jackson said.
Jackson has said he is calling this season "The Last Stand" because he is planning on retiring after the season.
"We hope it's not like Custer's last stand," Jackson said, smiling.
Jackson also spoke about how the Lakers need to slow down Bulls point guard Derrick Rose.
"He gets that ball down as quickly as anybody," Jackson said. "And he generates a lot of energy for this team."
The Lakers also will see old foe Carlos Boozer for the first time this season. Boozer, who left the Utah Jazz to join the Bulls as a free agent during the summer, was injured and didn't play in the first Bulls-Lakers game at Staples Center last month.
-- Broderick Turner, reporting from Chicago
Photo: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant drives to the basket against Bulls guard Keith Bogans in the first quarter Friday night. Credit: Nam Y. Huh / Associated Press