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Gibson's Layup Sends Bulls Past Lakers in OT

Chicago,  IL (SportsNetwork.com) -  Taj Gibson had less than a second to get a 
shot off and barely beat the overtime buzzer with a layup off an inbounds pass 
to give the Chicago Bulls a 102-100 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers. 

The  back-and-forth  battle at United  Center featured  23 lead changes and 14 
ties,  the last  coming when  Nick Young  drained a  baseline jumper  with 6.0 
seconds left in OT to knot things at 100-100. 

After  D.J. Augustin's pass at the other end was knocked out of bounds by Ryan 
Kelly, the Bulls called timeout to draw up a play with 0.9 ticks to go. 

"We  have  confidence in what  (coach Tom Thibodeau)  draws up in the huddle," 
Augustin said. 

Mike  Dunleavy inbounded the ball from underneath the basket, and Gibson boxed 
out  Manny Harris in the lane to receive the bounce pass cleanly, then quickly 
went up with his left hand over Pau Gasol for the game-winner. 

"I  was  looking at the  backboard hoping  it would go  red before it left his 
hand," hopes Young. 

With  their eighth win  in 10 games, the Bulls evened their record (20-20) for 
the first time since they were 7-7 on Nov. 27. 

Augustin  led  Chicago with a season-high  27 points, while Joakim Noah filled 
the stat sheet with 17 points, 21 rebounds and six assists. 

Young  became  the first Lakers to  eclipse the 30-point mark this season, but 
his 31 weren't enough to earn Los Angeles a third straight win. Gasol finished 
with 20 points, 19 boards and five blocks in the setback. 

Augustin's 3-pointer broke an 82-82 tie with 4 1/2 minutes left in regulation, 
and the Lakers retook the lead on three consecutive buckets by Gasol, the last 
an easy basket in the paint that put LA in front, 90-87, with 2:12 remaining. 

Augustin  answered  with another triple, and  Jimmy Butler put the Bulls ahead 
with  a  reverse layup  off a  nifty backdoor bounce  pass by  Noah, who had a 
chance to seal the win at the foul line with 7.4 seconds on the clock. 

Noah,  though, went  1-of-2 at the line,  then fouled Young well beyond the 3- 
point  line  in the act  of shooting. Young made  all three freebies, and Noah 
missed the rim entirely on a contested left-handed layup at the buzzer. 

The  Lakers  scored the first five  points of overtime, and the Bulls answered 
with the next seven, including Augustin's go-ahead layup with 1:30 to play. 

Two empty possessions from both sides preceded Young's tying bucket. 

There  were 10 lead changes and four ties in a see-saw first half, which ended 
with the Lakers holding a 52-49 lead. 

The third quarter played out just the same, with buckets from Young and Jordan 
Hill in the final minute giving LA a 72-69 edge going into the final stanza. 

                                   Game Notes 

Neither  team led by more than eight the entire game ... The Lakers have given 
up  100-plus points  in each of their  last nine games ... The Bulls forced 22 
turnovers,  outscored the  Lakers in  the paint  (50-38) and  in second-chance 
points (16-8) and owned a 55-47 rebounding advantage. 

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