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James knocks out Bulls but Lakers still a long shot

James knocks out Bulls but Lakers still a long shot

Los Angeles Lakers managed to end their five game losing streak in the National Basketball Association, beating opponents Chicago Bulls 123-107 in an away game late Tuesday.

James played 33 minutes and showed no signs of letting up with the Lakers barely hanging on in the playoff race. He took over after the Lakers' 14-point lead was cut to four with 8:38 left, making a jumper and then on the next possession going through the lane for a thunderous dunk.

And his best two points of the night came on this reverse, alley-oop dunk from a pass off the backboard from Josh Hart was a thing of beauty.

According to ESPN's Dave McMenamin, the Lakers announced that Kyle Kuzma will make his return from an ankle injury on Tuesday.

Robin Lopez had 20 points for the Bulls, who were officially eliminated from the postseason following their 50th loss in 69 starts.

After a bit of a slow start, Kuzma picked it up in the second half and finished with 21 points, five rebounds and four assists.

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The Bulls outscored the Lakers 11-1 after he checked out in the first quarter to lead 34-16 at the end of the period.

Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 24 points to lead six Milwaukee scorers in double figures in a win at New Orleans.

Bojan Bogdanovic scored 24 points as IN continued its home dominance of NY. JJ Redick scored 17 points for the Sixers, who were without Jimmy Butler as he was held out for a planned rest day. The Lakers took a 66-64 lead when James found Kuzma for a layup with 8:49 in the third quarter. Ingram tallied 16 points, 9 rebounds and 7 dimes, while Kuzma posted his 20th career double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds. Rajon Rondo buried a 3 to give the Lakers a 98-84 lead going to the fourth.

The Pacers rebounded from a pair of nationally televised double-digit defeats at Milwaukee and Philadelphia by beating the Knicks for the 13th time in their last 14 meetings in Indianapolis and completing their third season sweep of NY in the past five seasons.

Elsewhere, the San Antonio Spurs beat the Dallas Mavericks 112-105, the Denver Nuggets demolished the Minnesota Timberwolves 133-107 and the Portland Trail Blazers crushed the Los Angeles Clippers 125-104.