James, Davis lead Lakers to win over Bulls

James, Davis lead Lakers to win over Bulls

CHICAGO — LeBron James scored 25 points in his return to the starting lineup, and the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Chicago Bulls 121-110 on Wednesday night.

James added seven rebounds and four assists over 31 minutes, in the second game since he returned. He was out of action for a month due to a ruptured tendon in his right foot.

The four-time NBA MVP had 19 points in a 118-108 loss to Chicago on Sunday. It was just his second appearance as a backup to him in his 20-year NBA career.

Los Angeles (38-38), fighting for playoff berths in the Western Conference, kicked off a five-way road trip by earning its fourth win in its last five games overall.

Anthony Davis had 38 points and 10 rebounds in his hometown, while D’Angelo Russell finished with 17 points.

Nikola Vucevic had 29 points and 12 rebounds for Chicago, which suffered its second loss in a row. DeMar DeRozan scored 22 points, while Coby White finished with 17 and dished out nine assists.

The Bulls (36-40) are tenth in the Eastern Conference and cling to the last ticket for the playoff mini-tournament.

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