the Bulls built a 14-point first quarter lead over the Lakers Wednesday night in their first home game since Nov. 12.
By halftime, it was gone.
Thanks in part to a 33-25 rebounding advantage, the Lakers pulled into a 47-47 halftime tie with the Bulls behind eight points apiece from Luol Deng, Jordan Clarkson and Lou Williams.
Jimmy Butler’s 12 points led the Bulls, who shot 36.5 percent and missed all eight 3-point attempts.
Dwyane Wade, who fractured a root in his tooth and underwent a dental procedure on Tuesday to have it removed, scored 11 points in 15 minutes after missing Wednesday’s morning shootaround.
Wade has only missed one game this season, the Bulls’ victory over the Lakers in Los Angeles 10 days ago for rest.
For the Lakers, guards D’Angelo Russell and Nick Young are out with injuries.
Bulls: Rajon Rondo, Wade, Jimmy Butler, Taj Gibson, Robin Lopez
Lakers: Jose Calderon, Brandon Ingram, Luol Deng, Julius Randle, Timofey Mozgov
“Especially without Dwyane, I thought our guys really battled. Niko had a really solid game with 15 (points) and 15 (rebounds). Jimmy obviously with the 40-point game, our guys did a good job of finding him and getting him the ball in areas on the floor where he could be successful.” — coach Fred Hoiberg on Bulls’ road victory over the Lakers earlier this month
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