There were stretches Thursday night where the Bulls played energized, exciting basketball. The problem was those only came when their backs were against the wall and it never lasted, which is why the Lakers — who played aggressively all night — won in double overtime.
This came during one of the Bulls good stretches.
When Wayne Ellington saved the ball and took himself out of the play doing so, Jimmy Butler got the “pass” and quickly fed Joakim Noah who was diving to the basket. Then Noah made a fantastic behind-the-back bounce pass to Pau Gasol for the dunk. That’s a great pass from the big man.
Gasol finished with 20 and 10 on his return to Staples Center. It just wasn’t enough.