- Associated Press - Monday, January 20, 2014

CHICAGO (AP) - With nine-tenths of a second left, Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau drew up a play for Taj Gibson. He told the athletic forward to attack the basket and use his left hand.

Done, and done.

Gibson got a nice bounce pass from Mike Dunleavy and made a lefty layup at the buzzer in overtime, lifting Chicago to a 102-100 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday night.

“You don’t have a lot of time in that situation. It is a quick read,” Thibodeau said. “Dunleavy made a great play on it and Taj obviously. But we needed everyone to sell the play. We had good fortune on it.”

Dunleavy had to inbound from underneath the basket and found Gibson cutting down the middle. He then muscled toward the hoop for the winning basket, which was confirmed by a video review by the officials.

“It was a good play,” Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni said. “It was designed well and they executed well. We played baseline and didn’t slide over.”

Gibson said it was his first winning buzzer-beater at any level.

“They always crack jokes on me in practice about trying to use my left and today I proved them wrong,” a grinning Gibson said.

Joakim Noah had 17 points, 21 rebounds and six assists for Chicago (20-20), which has won eight of 10 to get back to .500 for the first time since Nov. 27. D.J. Augustin had a season-high 27 points, and Jimmy Butler finished with 13 points and 11 rebounds.

Nick Young had 31 points for the Lakers (16-26), including a tying baseline jumper with 6 seconds left in overtime. The streaky sub also made three free throws with 4.1 seconds left in regulation, tying it at 93.

“It’s heartbreaking,” Young said. “We both fought hard today, but we felt like we were competing and was in it. That’s all we can ask for. I don’t think any of us wanted to do another overtime. But if we had to, we would have.”

The Lakers were coming off a 112-106 victory at Toronto on Sunday. They also played Friday night at Boston, winning 107-104 to stop a six-game slide.

Even with such little rest, the Lakers managed to score the first five points in overtime. But Augustin led the Bulls right back, driving for a layup that gave Chicago a 100-98 lead with 1:30 left.

Augustin had to shoulder the load at the point after Kirk Hinrich departed in the third with a right hamstring injury.

“We like to close games with D.J. and Kirk,” Thibodeau said. “That allows you to bring D.J. off some catch-and-shoot things and into the pick and roll. We didn’t have that option so we had to go to some other things.”

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