NBA Game Summary - Milwaukee at LA Lakers
(Sunday, January 10th)
Final Score: LA Lakers 95, Milwaukee 77
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Shannon Brown scored 15 of his season-high 19 points in the second half, and the Los Angeles Lakers overcame an awful shooting night by superstar Kobe Bryant to beat Milwaukee, 95-77, at Staples Center.
Bryant, still playing with an avulsion fracture of his right index finger, went 4-of-21 from the field and finished with 12 points. Andrew Bynum had 17 points and 18 a career-best rebounds, while Lamar Odom pulled down 17 boards to go with nine assists and five points.
"We came out with a defensive mind and it worked out well for us tonight," Bynum said.
Jordan Farmar scored 17 -- 15 in the second half -- and Derek Fisher tallied 11 for the Lakers, who snapped a two-game skid and beat the Bucks for a fifth straight time. That includes a dramatic 107-106 overtime win in Milwaukee on December 16 when Bryant hit the winning shot at the buzzer.
"Sometimes these guys watch too much football for the way they played in the first half," Lakers coach Phil Jackson said. "We finished the game on a good note."
Bucks guard Michael Redd was helped to the locker room late in the first quarter with a sore left knee he suffered while driving to the hoop. He'll be examined Monday.
Hakim Warrick scored 14 for the Bucks, who had a three-game winning streak broken. This was the start of a six-game road trip for Milwaukee.
"We didn't have enough guys that played well," Bucks coach Scott Skiles said. "Our defense played well, but we couldn't get anything going offensively."
Milwaukee shot a horrific 4-of-21 in the opening quarter and scored just eight points, trailing by 16 after 12 minutes. The struggle by the Bucks allowed the Lakers to bolt to a 22-4 lead, a spurt Bryant finished with a pair of foul shots with 2 1/2 minutes left in the period.
The Lakers nearly gave that back in the second though, going 5-of-19. They still came away with a 39-28 lead at halftime. Milwaukee was within five early in the second before falling behind by 14 later in the quarter.
It was a much different story in the second half for the Bucks, as their defense broke down in allowing the Lakers to pull away. Brown ended with third quarter with a half-court shot for a 65-46 cushion, and the lead reached as high as 26 in the fourth.
Milwaukee was held to a season low in points...Up next for the Lakers is a two-game Texas trip, in San Antonio on Tuesday and at Dallas Wednesday...The Bucks play at Phoenix Monday...Pau Gasol (strained left hamstring) missed his fourth straight game for the Lakers, who had a season-best 61 rebounds...The Bucks shot 34.1 percent from the field.
01/11 00:29:23 ET