The modern-day Lakers ended a nine-game losing streak, one short of tying the franchise record, after an inspired 123-118 double-overtime victory Thursday against the
The Lakers somehow lost a nine-point lead with less than 90 seconds left in regulation but still ended up ruining
Clarkson had 18 points and four assists,
Hill's 17-foot fadeaway with 1:29 left in regulation should have provided enough cushion, a 98-89 Lakers lead. It didn't.
Then again, they came back from a five-point deficit in the first overtime to force a second extra period. Hill's 20-footer tied the score with 16.2 seconds left and
From there, the Lakers took a five-point lead on Hill's 17-footer and pretty much sealed the game on two free throws by Clarkson with 32.6 seconds left.
Clarkson has now had solid games in three of his four starts at point guard. He certainly didn't look scared against Rose, who had a terrible shooting night (seven for 26) and scored only 17 points.
Clarkson has held his own — or done better — against
"His progression has come a lot, probably, quicker than we all thought," Lakers Coach Byron Scott said. "He's playing against some great teams with some great point guards and he hasn't backed down. Very happy with the way he's played."
Gasol had 20 points, 10 rebounds and six assists for Chicago.
Gasol has had an incredible season and was recently selected an All-Star starter after taking less money to go to Chicago as a free agent last July.
"We really wanted him to stay," Lakers General Manager
"Would we have been a better team with Pau Gasol on our team this year? Absolutely. But maybe Pau says, 'Well, if I would have stayed, with
Not on Thursday.
The Bulls (30-18) had been a highly effective 17-6 on the road, ending
They ended another streak Thursday, one that created a Lakers rarity this season — happiness.