LeBron James led the team with a triple-double of 30 points with 10 rebounds and 12 assists, Moritz Wagner added 22 points while Johnathan Williams chipped in with 18 points and 10 rebounds off the bench.
One thing for certain is that James will be returning to Chicago with the Lakers next season, unlike Walton, who is widely rumoured to be on borrowed time. The Lakers are just 30-36 this season, and unless something incredible happens will fail to qualify for the 2019 National Basketball Association playoffs.
He is listed as doubtful for Tuesday night's game against the Los Angeles Lakers. But because he signed a four-year contract with the Lakers last summer, there will be more hands to be played in L.A.
So, Lakers ended their five-game losing streak in Chicago as the Western Conference team earned their last win against New Orleans Pelicans on February 28 in Los Angeles. The Bulls are 4-1 ATS in their last five games against a team with a losing record, 8-20 ATS in their last 28 home games and 1-4 ATS in their last five games overall.
Whether James was smothering Derrick Rose in the 2011 Eastern Conference Finals for the Miami Heat or sinking buzzer-beating game-winners over Jimmy Butler in the 2015 Conference semi-finals for the Cleveland Cavaliers, he has had his Chicago moments.
After acquiring LeBron James in free agency with a slew of other changes to the team, Lakers fans were no doubt sure the team would finally make it back to the postseason.
"I would've assumed that we got hit with a lot of injuries". The youngster tossed the ball up off the backboard, and LeBron zoomed in to finish the alley-oop with another reverse.
"I always feel bouncy", he said. If that is to happen, James, however, will have to do it without the help of Ball (left ankle injury) and Ingram (blood clot in right shoulder), each of whom recently was shut-down for the rest of this season. "So he's frustrated with it too, and he's continuing to battle out there, and he did a really nice job of helping us get a win tonight".