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Bulls 102, Lakers 100 (OT)

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CHICAGO -- Forward Taj Gibson finished a lay-in off an inbounds pass as time expired and the Chicago Bulls edged the Los Angeles Lakers 102-100 in overtime on Monday night at the United Center.

The Bulls took possession with six seconds left but had less time to work after guard D.J. Augustin's pass was deflected out of bounds along the baseline with 0.9 of a second on the clock.

Chicago used a 20-second timeout to set up a play and forward Mike Dunleavy tossed the inbounds pass to Gibson, who followed a path cleared by teammate Jimmy Butler to get to the basket.

Lakers guard Nick Young had tied the score on a pull-up jumper with six seconds left. He also pulled the Lakers even in the fourth quarter by hitting three free throws with 4.1 seconds remaining.

Augustin led the Bulls with 27 points and center Joakim Noah finished with 17 points, 21 rebounds and a team-high six assists. Butler added 13 points and 11 boards.

It was Noah's 13th straight game in double figures in rebounds, the longest streak of his NBA career.

Meanwhile, the Bulls (20-20) achieved a .500 record for the first time since Nov. 27, shortly after guard Derrick Rose was lost to a knee injury. Chicago has won 11 of its last 15 games.

Young scored 31 points to lead the Lakers, who failed to extend a two-game win streak. Center Pau Gasol piled up 20 points and 19 rebounds.

The Lakers (16-26) jumped to a 98-93 lead in overtime as Gasol hit a jumper and Young finished a three-point play after an acrobatic layin.

Chicago pulled closer with two free throws by Gibson, then tied the score on a 3-pointer by Augustin. After a Lakers miss, Augustin's driving layup put the Bulls up 92-90 with 1:30 remaining.

After both teams failed to score on two possessions, Young hit a 16-foot baseline pull-up to tie the score.

The lead changed hands seven times during the fourth quarter. The Lakers trailed 87-84 when Gasol unleashed a personal 6-0 run. The veteran forward hit a one-hander in the lane, spun baseline and finished a reverse scoop, then dropped a lay-in off a pass from guard Jodie Meeks. The third bucket sent the Lakers ahead 90-87 with 2:08 left.

With a chance to extend the lead, Gasol missed and Augustin tied the score by draining a 3-pointer with 1:10 remaining. After Noah poked the ball away from Gasol, Noah found Butler for a cutting reverse lay-in, giving the Bulls a 92-90 edge with 32.2 seconds left.

Young missed a 20-footer jumper on the next trip and the Lakers chose not to foul intentionally with a four-second difference between the shot and game clocks. They ended up fouling unintentionally, though, when Young tripped Noah on a screen-and-roll cut.

Noah hit one of his two free throws with 7.4 seconds on the clock, leaving the lead at three points.

On the next Lakers' possession, Noah switched onto Young after a screen and was called for a foul as Young tossed up a long 3-point attempt. Young hit all three free throws to tie the score with 4.1 seconds left. Noah missed a running bank shot just before time expired in regulation.

The Bulls led by eight points late in the first quarter before the Lakers took command. While outscoring Chicago 26-18 in the second quarter, the Lakers shot 55 percent from the field and the Bulls shot just 25 percent.

Chicago guard Kirk Hinrich left the game midway through the third quarter with a right hamstring injury and did not return.

NOTES: Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni said G Xavier Henry will try to practice before the team plays Miami. Henry has missed 11 games with a bone bruise on his right knee. ... Since Chicago coach Tom Thibodeau is now on Mike Krzyzewski's Team USA staff, injured Lakers G Kobe Bryant was asked if Thibodeau has made a pitch for Bryant to play in the 2016 Olympics. "He can try all he wants. I love Thibs. We go way back," said Bryant, who added he might go to the next Olympics so he can watch Lakers teammate Pau Gasol "win another silver" with Spain. ... Back in the 1990s, when Bryant was a Philadelphia-area high school star, he got to know Thibodeau, then an assistant with the 76ers under John Lucas. Thibodeau would often work with Bryant after Sixers practices. "He put me through way more defensive drills than he did offensive drills," Bryant said. "It was fun, though." ... G Kendall Marshall, signed by the Lakers on Dec. 20, already has three games of at least 15 assists. Earvin Johnson and Nick Van Exel are the only other Lakers to achieve that feat in the past 25 years.
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