NBA wrap: Second-half rally drives Lakers past Bulls

The Lakers trailed by 14 points at halftime, but caught fire in the second half.

The win moved Los Angeles into the 8-seed in the Western Conference. (File Image)   -  Getty Images

The Los Angeles Lakers trailed the Bulls by 14 points at halftime Tuesday, but it clawed its way back with a strong second-half performance.

Lakers ultimately won 103-94 at home thanks to a 30-19 third quarter, followed by another dominant effort in the fourth. Kyle Kuzma led the Lakers with 22 points, while also dishing out five assists. The unheralded rookie has been a revelation so far this season.

Free-agent signing Kentavious Caldwell-Pope poured in 21 points with nine rebounds to help the Lakers claim its second straight win. Brandon Ingram added 17 points.

All five Chicago Bulls starters reached double figures Tuesday. Denzel Valentine led with 17 points on 5-of-7 shooting from 3-point range, and rookie lottery pick Lauri Markkanen added 13 points and 14 rebounds but it wasn't enough to topple the late-surging Lakers.

The win moved Los Angeles into the 8-seed in the Western Conference.

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