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Los  Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Joakim Noah had 20 points, 13 rebounds, 
three  blocks and two  steals in the Chicago Bulls' 92-86 victory over the Los 
Angeles Lakers on Sunday. 

Taj  Gibson tallied  18 points, six boards,  two steals and two blocks for the 
Bulls,  who  went 3-3 on  a six-game western road  trip. Kirk Hinrich added 17 
points and five assists. 

Chris  Kaman had  a season-high 27 points,  10 rebounds and two blocks for the 
Lakers,  who have lost five in a row at home. Jordan Hill and Kendall Marshall 
donated 15 and 13 points, respectively. 

Los  Angeles guard Steve Nash, playing his third game after missing 39 because 
of  a nerve problem in his back, played just over 21 minutes before leaving in 
the third quarter because of irritation in his left leg. 

"It  just  got me right on  the nerve," Nash said.  "It's just all part of the 
process. It's just a short little setback." 

The Bulls jumped out  to a 10-0 lead and never looked back. Gibson tallied 12 
points in the first quarter to help the visitors build a 34-23 margin. 

"Gibson  set the tone  for us early. We wanted to throw the first punch," Noah 
said. 

But  the Lakers went  on a 12-0 run early in the second stanza. Kaman's jumper 
with 5:55 to go cut the gap to 42-39. 

Chicago  was able  to weather the storm  and took a 52-46 lead into the locker 
room. 

The Bulls  opened the second  half on  an 11-2 run  to extend their margin to 
63-48. Hinrich's 3-pointer with 3:29 left in the third frame made it 72-53. 

Los Angeles responded with seven straight points and headed to the fourth down 
by 15, 77-62. 

The  Lakers  made one final push  in the fourth  and got their deficit down to 
four,  88-84,  on Wesley Johnson's slam  with 48.9 seconds to play. After D.J. 
Augustin missed a jumper, Los Angeles guard Steve Blake turned the ball over. 

Augustin went 4-of-4 from the foul line down the stretch to seal the victory. 

Game Notes 

Bulls  forward  Carlos Boozer (calf) missed  his second straight game ... Noah 
has  recorded at  least 10 rebounds in 21  of his last 22 games ... The Lakers 
started  a six-game  homestand on Sunday ... The Bulls' starters outscored the 
Lakers starters 73-24. 

 
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