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Bulls 92, Lakers 86

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[February 10, 2014]  LOS ANGELES — Bulls 92, Lakers 86: Joakim Noah collected 20 points and 13 rebounds as visiting Chicago toppled Los Angeles.

Kirk Hinrich hit three 3-pointers en route to 17 points for the Bulls, who completed a six-game road trip with a 3-3 mark. Taj Gibson scored 18 points in his second straight start and D.J. Augustin scored 15 off the bench for Chicago, which moved back to .500 at 25-25.

Chris Kaman recorded a season-high 27 points and 10 rebounds for the Lakers, who missed out on their first three-game winning streak since Nov. 17-24. Kendall Marshall contributed 13 points and 11 assists off the bench and Jordan Hill had 15 points and nine boards in a reserve role as Los Angeles did not have a starter score in double figures.

The Bulls took a 15-point lead into the fourth quarter but Kaman capped a 7-0 burst starting the period to cut it to 77-69. Chicago pushed it back to an 11-point edge on Hinrich’s 3-pointer with 7:41 left but Kaman found Wesley Johnson for a dunk to cut it to 88-84 with 48 seconds left before Augustin closed it out with four free throws in the final 21 seconds.

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Gibson had 16 points in the first half and the Bulls led by as much as 15 before settling for a 52-46 lead at the break. Noah scored four points in an 11-2 run beginning the third that stretched it back out to 15 points and Hinrich’s 3-pointer with 3:29 left made it a 72-53 gap before Los Angeles closed to 77-62 heading into the fourth.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Lakers G Steve Nash left the game with nerve irritation in left leg early in the second half and did not return. … The Bulls went 17-for-17 from the free-throw line. … Gibson got the start in place of Carlos Boozer (calf) and went 7-of-18 from the field.

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