NBA: LA Lakers leave it late to edge out floundering Chicago Bulls

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (left) and Kyle Kuzma (right) led the way as the Los Angeles Lakers staged a late rally to down the Chicago Bulls on Nov 21, 2017.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (left) and Kyle Kuzma (right) led the way as the Los Angeles Lakers staged a late rally to down the Chicago Bulls on Nov 21, 2017.PHOTO: REUTERS, EPA-EPE

Los Angeles (AFP) - Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Kyle Kuzma led the way as the Los Angeles Lakers staged a late rally to down the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday (Nov 21).

In the only NBA (National Basketball Association) game of the day as the United States prepares for Thursday's (Nov 23) Thanksgiving holiday, the Lakers fought back to win 103-94 at the Staples Centre.

The win saw the Lakers improve to 8-10, lifting them into the play-off places in the Western Conference.

The defeat was another setback for Chicago, however, who are languishing near the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings at 3-12.

The Lakers, who are in a rebuilding phase after missing the play-offs for the past four seasons, trailed 89-83 with just over six minutes left.

But a late scoring burst helped them haul in Chicago to seal the win.

Kuzma led the scoring with 22 points while Caldwell-Pope was just behind with 21. Brandon Ingram added 17 points while both Julius Randle (10 points) and Jordan Clarkson (12) also had double figures.

Rookie star Lonzo Ball had another wayward scoring night, finishing with just eight points. But he managed to pull down 13 rebounds and provided four assists.

Caldwell-Pope's points total included 11 in the final minutes as Los Angeles completed a comeback in a game which had seen them trail by as many as 19 points at one stage.

Denzel Valentine led Chicago's points with 17 while Antonio Blakeney was the next highest with 15. Four other Chicago players posted double-digit scores.