(LOS ANGELES) -- The Los Angeles Lakers are starting to figure things out.
Dwight Howard scored 16 points and pulled down 21 rebounds to help the Lakers past the Chicago Bulls, 90-81, on Sunday at the Staples Center.
The Lakers (33-31) are now two games over .500 for the first time all season. They moved a half-game ahead of the Utah Jazz for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
Despite the accomplishments, Lakers guard Kobe Bryant knows there is work to do. "We're very focused," Bryant said. "We know what we have to do and what lies ahead. Everybody's locked in."
Bryant scored 19 points to go along with nine assists and seven rebounds.
Chicago (35-28) got 18 points and 17 rebounds from Joakim Noah but still lost for the fifth time in their last eight games.
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