- The Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday
- Anthony Davis and LeBron James led the Lakers in scoring
- James started in his second game back from a right foot tendon injury
The Los Angeles Lakers bolstered their playoff hopes with a 121-110 win over the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday night.
Four players scored in double figures for the Lakers, who moved within 1.5 games of the Golden State Warriors for sixth place in the Western Conference.
They are tied for eighth in the West with an even 38-38 record.
All eyes were on LeBron James, who returned to the starting lineup after missing several games because of a foot injury.
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James and Davis power Lakers
He was back to his old self, finishing with 25 points, seven rebounds, four assists, and two steals in 31 minutes of action. James shot 10 of 19 from the field and made all four of his free throws, per ESPN.
James came off the bench the last time the Lakers faced the Bulls three days ago. He scored 19 points as a reserve, but the Lakers lost that contest 118-108.
With their playoff hopes hanging in the balance, head coach Darvin Ham made LeBron a starter again. That decision paid dividends for the Lakers, who were +23 with James on the court.
He even had time to make fun of his former teammate Patrick Beverley in the fourth quarter, with the Lakers enjoying a big lead.
He got some help from Anthony Davis, who registered a double-double with 38 points and ten rebounds. He also was a menace on the defensive end, recording two steals and two blocks against the Bulls.
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Austin Reaves also continued his fine play, scoring 19 points and dishing out five assists. He shot 7 of 8 from the field in the win against Chicago.
His backcourt partner D’Angelo Russell also contributed, racking up 17 points, four rebounds, and four assists.
Struggling Bulls lose again
It was a disappointing defeat for the Bulls, who stumbled to their second straight loss.
They remain in 10th place in the Eastern Conference, but their lead over the 11th-place Wizards has been whittled down to two games.
Bulls spoil James' return
Sports Brief recently reported on the Lakers' loss to the Bulls.
Chicago spoiled LeBron's much-awaited return as the Bulls pulled off an important road win.
This game was the first time since 2007 that James played as a reserve.