It's been a defensive struggle in Los Angeles thus far in the third game of a five-game opening-day Christmas slate in the NBA. The Lakers took an early lead on the Chicago Bulls, but Chicago closed strong and holds a 22-20 lead after one quarter.
But the Bulls' bench, as it did so many times last year, came through again. Chicago closed the quarter on a 12-2 run, with strong contributions from C.J. Watson, Taj Gibson and Ronnie Brewer. They made up from a lackluster effort from the starters, including Derrick Rose, who has yet to score.
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