James knocks out Bulls but Lakers still a long shot

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The Lakers took a 66-64 lead when James found Kuzma for a layup with 8 minutes, 49 seconds in the third quarter.

The Los Angeles Lakers' season may be headed to an unfortunate end but it definitely hasn't stopped LeBron James from putting on a show.

Robin Lopez scored 20 points, Otto Porter Jr. had 19 points and nine rebounds and Kris Dunn finished with 18 points, seven rebounds and nine assists for Chicago.

Kyle Kuzma added 21 points after missing two games with an ankle injury.

Getty Zach LaVine #8 of the Chicago Bulls tries to get off a shot under pressure from T.J. McConnell #12 of the Philadelphia 76ers at the United Center on March 06, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. Everybody just had a joy for the game, happy for each other, everybody was moving the ball, passing it. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope had one of his best games of the season, as he scored 24 points on 7-for-11 shooting from the field.

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Giannis Antetokounmpo had 24 points as the Milwaukee Bucks produced a 45-point third-quarter to defeat the New Orleans Pelicans 130-113. Kuzma, who scored 12 points in the period, made a 3 to ignite a 16-0 run late in the quarter. Even at the ripe old age of 34, the four-time league MVP is very capable of taking a game over at any moment, and thus it'll take a team effort to slow him down and force someone else wearing purple and gold to do something special.

The Bulls led 60-55 at the half. "And so many teams in the West are playing well".

The path to the playoffs for the Los Angeles Lakers in the Western Conference is starting to look more and more hazy and times goes along during this disappointing 2018-19 regular season for one of the NBA's most storied franchises. Those games will be like playoff games, if we want them to be.

"This won't be the last time I'll be in the postseason, that's for sure".

LaVine underwent an MRI yesterday that confirmed he had a patellar tendon strain. "I'm optimistic. I'm not eyeing a return date, but I'm optimistic", Boylen said. "That's what I preach so I've got to live by that". These two teams met earlier this year in Los Angeles (January 15) with the Lakers winning, 107-100.

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