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Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013

Reeling Lakers have no answer for Bulls

AP

CHICAGO — Kobe Bryant couldn't restrain himself after this one.

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Beaten again: Steve Nash of the Lakers goes up for a jumper in front of Chicago's Joakim Noah (left) and Kirk Hinrich in the first half on Monday night. The Bulls beat the Lakers 95-83. AP

It wasn't just that the Lakers lost again. It was how they did it, where they did it, and he was simply seething.

He even put out a call to ditch Mike D'Antoni's up-tempo style and post up more after Pau Gasol got moved into a reserve role.

"We're going to have to look at some things," Bryant said after Los Angeles lost 95-83 at Chicago on Monday.

"We're going to have to change something. Probably going to have to post the ball a lot more, slow the game down a lot more. That's just my intuition, but that's my gut right now. I have to take a look at the film again, but we're definitely going to have to change something."

Kirk Hinrich scored a season-high 22 points, Marco Belinelli added 15 points, and the Bulls pulled away down the stretch to beat the struggling Lakers.

Belinelli came up big in the closing minutes, scoring eight points during an 18-4 run that broke a 75-75 tie and sent Los Angeles to its 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 3-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 D'Antoni made that lineup switch. He replaced Gasol with Clark, but the slide continued on a night when Bryant and Howard were mostly nonfactors.

"Very, very tough, very, very frustrating, trying to keep my cool," Bryant said. "It is embarassing . . ."

Hinrich hit 9 of 11 shots and nailed three 3-pointers. Belinelli and Nate Robinson (11 points) also hit three, and the Bulls were 9 of 17 overall from long range.

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 win over New York and a split of the four-game series between the city rivals.

Deron Williams added 14 points and 12 assists for the Nets, who cut the Knicks' Atlantic Division lead to one game.

Carmelo Anthony had 29 points and seven assists for the New York, but missed all six shots in the fourth quarter and finished 11 of 29 for the game.

Wizards 98, Trail Blazers 95

In Portland, Jordan Crawford hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer and Washington dogpiled on the court to celebrate the win.

Nicolas Batum had 12 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists for his first career triple-double, but Portland still lost its season-high sixth straight.

Pacers 82, Grizzlies 81

In Memphis, George Hill scored 13 points, including a clinching free throw with 1.4 seconds remaining to give Indiana a victory over the hosts in the annual Martin Luther King Day game.

Warriors 106, Clippers 99

In Oakland, Jarrett Jack had 18 points and 10 assists, Stephen Curry made four 3-pointers in the fourth quarter and Golden State rallied from seven points down in the final 11 minutes.

Blake Griffin had 26 points and 13 rebounds for the Clippers. Jamal Crawford added 24 points off the bench.

Rockets 100, Bobcats 94

In Charlotte, James Harden scored 29 points and hit all 10 of his free throws in the fourth quarter and Houston rallied to snap a seven-game losing streak.

Hornets 114, Kings 105

In New Orleans, Ryan Anderson scored 27 points and the hosts survived a second half without Anthony Davis in a victory over Sacramento.

Hawks 104, Timberwolves 96

In Atlanta, Al Horford scored a season-high 28 points, Jannero Pargo had 16 and the Hawks snapped a two-game slide with a victory over Minnesota.

Spurs 90, 76ers 85

In Philadelphia, Tim Duncan had 24 points and 17 rebounds and Tony Parker scored 20 points to lead San Antonio to its fifth straight win.



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