Even without leading scorer Luol Deng, the Chicago Bulls were able to add to the Los Angeles Lakers misery by recording a 95-83 victory on Monday.
Kirk Hinrich delivered an all-around effort of 22 points, eight assists and seven rebounds as the scrappy Bulls outpaced Los Angeles in the fourth quarter to hand the disarrayed Lakers their ninth defeat in eleven games.
Deng missed his second straight game with a right hamstring injury but Chicago (24-16) prevailed nonetheless in front of their delighted home crowd.
Kobe Bryant extended his shooting slump, making just seven of 22 shots for 16 points, while Dwight Howard found foul trouble as the visitors could not avoid another disappointing result.
Los Angeles (17-24), a star-studded roster struggling to find consistency, shook things up by starting forward Earl Clark in place of Pau Gasol but even that major adjustment failed to produce enough spark.
The Lakers fought from behind to tie the game 75-75 with 7:26 remaining before Chicago surged with an 8-0 followed by consecutive three-pointers from Marco Belinelli that put the nail in the coffin.