Lakers get the better of the Bulls

22 November 2017 13:06:48 EST

The Los Angeles Lakers only scored 42 points in the first half against the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday evening, but rallied to defeat the visitors 103-94.

Leading the way for Los Angeles was Kyle Kuzma, as the 22-year old center out of Utah scored a game high 22 points while grabbing three rebounds and dishing out five assists.

Kuzma has been the best rookie for the Lakers this season, with the youngster looking like a steal at the end of the first round. 

Los Angeles improved to 8-10 on the season and the Lakers now hold the eighth spot in the Western Conference.

There isn't much expectation in Southern California this season for the Lakers, with this year primarily a campaign of figuring out what pieces to keep and what players will exit when attracting major summer free agents like LeBron James and company.

Los Angeles committed 13 turnovers in the first half leading to their 19 point deficit during the game.

Another rookie shining bright so far this season has been Lauri Markkanen, as the 20-year old out of Arizona has adjusted to the speed of the NBA more quickly than most experts anticipated.

Markkanen scored 13 points while pulling down 14 rebounds for a double-double on Tuesday evening.

The Finnish stretch four has been one of the only positives for the Bulls and with Chicago in full rebuild this season, Markkanen will be a key piece for the future.

The Lakers are 125/1 to win the Western Conference with the Golden State Warriors 5/14 and the San Antonio Spurs priced at 8/1.

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