How it happened: Kirk Hinrich had his best game of the season, scoring 22 points, dishing out eight assists and pulling down seven rebounds. Marco Belinelli racked up 15 points off the bench, hitting big shots down the stretch. Rip Hamilton added 13 points and four assists. Steve Nash led the Lakers with 18 points, but it wasn't enough.
What it means: This was a solid bounce-back win for the Bulls. There were a lot of positives for Tom Thibodeau to take from this game. First, it was Hinrich’s best performance in recent memory. He was 9-for-11 from the field and grew more confident as the game went on. His jumper was working and he kept it going all night. Secondly, Jimmy Butler played one of his best games of the season. He had 10 points and eight rebounds, but his defense on Kobe Bryant set a tone for the Bulls that the rest of his teammates followed. Lastly, after being benched for the majority of the second half Saturday night, Joakim Noah added 13 rebounds in 35 minutes. He still struggled against Dwight Howard, but before getting into foul trouble he played with the type of passion that Thibodeau has been wanting to see.
Hits: Nate Robinson had a solid night off the bench, scoring 11 points, dishing out two assists and pulling down two rebounds in 11 minutes.
Misses: Taj Gibson was just 2-for-8 from the field for four points.
Stat of the night: The Bulls turned the ball over just eight times.
What's next: The Bulls take on the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night.