In what was a combined team effort, the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Los Angeles Lakers, 131-120, on Friday night at the Staples Center.
LeBron James played 39 minutes, his sixth consecutive game with 37 or more minutes, and finished with 31 points, 10 assists, and seven rebounds in the loss to the Giannis Antetokounmpo led side who scored 16 points with 15 rebounds.
Despite the lopsided final score, the Lakers appeared to be in the driver's seat for most of the game. The Lakers led at the half time, and led with a 12-point margin midway through the third quarter.
The Lakers were started well on the back of the victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday, and came out with the intensity, urgency, and energy needed to keep pace with the NBA's best team.
Brandon Ingram started the game 8-for-8, and finished with 31 points and eight rebounds, he also had one memorable highlight worthy dunk over an old friend.
Los Angeles fought hard in the fourth quarter, as the back-and-forth battle that featured 20 different lead changes came down to the wire.
The Lakers trailed by three with 1:54 left, but turned the ball over on the inbounds pass and Malacom Brogdon sank a three to put Milwaukee up six. Seconds later, after another turnover, Eric Bledsoe sank a three-pointer to put the Bucks up nine, all but sealing the Lakers fate. Milwaukee closed the game on a 15-2 run over the final two minutes.
Bledsoe finished with a team-high 31 points and nine rebounds. Brogdon had 21, Khris Middleton chipped in 18, and Lopez had 11. Seven different players scored in double figures for Milwaukee.
The Lakers are among the league's worst in defense over the last 15 games. They allow over 122 points per game (30th) and over 20 fast break points to their opponents. The Bucks had 20 on Friday.
The Bucks bench outscored the Lakers 34-21. Los Angeles was improved from the free throw line, shooting 83 percent.
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