Playing 43 minutes and making his second-straight replacing Luol Deng, Jimmy Butler rose to the occasion and held future Hall of Famer' Kobe Bryant to 16 points on 7-for-22 shooting.
Joakim Noah responded in a big way after his benching in Saturday's loss to the Grizzlies, by holding Lakers' All-Star center Dwight Howard to a single-digit night in both points and rebounds.
Highlights from the Bulls' 95-83 victory over the Lakers at the United Center Monday night
Kirk Hinrich had 22 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists in the Bulls' 95-83 win over the Lakers on Monday evening. Marco Belinelli added 15 off the bench and Jimmy Butler's defense limited Kobe Bryant to just 16 points.
Tom Thibodeau said Luol Deng would miss tonight's game against the Lakers, and also noted that Derrick Rose is close to returning to full contact practice.
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The NBA announced today Bulls power forward Carlos Boozer was named Eastern Conference player of the week.
Despite their opponent Monday being six games under .500, the Bulls still view the Lakers as a top-tier team loaded with talent.
Joakim Noah wasn't available for comment after Saturday's loss to Memphis or Monday's Bulls shootaround but Noah understands the team comes first according to Thibodeau.
Luol Deng held out of Monday's Bulls morning shootaround after he re-aggravated a right hamstring injury in the third quarter of Friday's overtime win in Boston. He is a game-time decision for tonight's match-up.