NBA Game Summary - Milwaukee at LA Lakers
(Friday, March 24th)
Final Score: LA Lakers 101, Milwaukee 96
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Kobe Bryant scored 43 points as the Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Milwaukee Bucks, 101-96, at the Staples Center.
Lamar Odom had 16 points, nine rebounds and six assists and Kwame Brown added 16 points and nine rebounds in the win for the Lakers, who have won their last three games.
Smush Parker had 12 points, eight assists and seven rebounds for Los Angeles, which has defeated Milwaukee in 10 consecutive contests. Also, Los Angeles is the No. 7 seed in the Western Conference playoff race.
Michael Redd netted 20 points and pulled down seven boards and Charlie Bell netted 15 points, seven assists and seven rebounds in the loss for the Bucks, who have dropped their past two games.
Milwaukee is currently the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference playoff race.
The Lakers were trailing early in the first quarter. With the Bucks leading 7-6, Bryant drained a trey to spark a 13-0 run to help the Lakers take a 35-22 lead into the second quarter.
Los Angeles, though, lost its scoring touch in the second quarter.
The Lakers were leading by 11 points, 45-34, after Bryant hit two free throws with 7:32 left. But, they did not score for almost the next four minutes which allowed the Bucks to close to within two points, 45-43, after Bell hit two free throws.
Milwaukee closed out the half with a 14-8 run and thanks to a Dan Gadzuric jumper with 20 seconds left took a 57-53 lead into the locker room.
"Milwaukee came back in the second quarter and made a game of it," said Lakers coach Phil Jackson.
The Bucks grabbed their largest lead of the game, 68-60, after Andrew Bogut put in a layup with 7:01 left in the third. But, the Lakers went on a 15-0 run to regain the lead and Odom's jumper with 2:54 left gave his squad a 75-68 advantage and the Lakers eventually took a 79-73 lead into the final quarter.
Milwaukee slowly chipped away at the lead and got to within two, 88-86, when Bobby Simmons drained a jumper just inside the line with 6:01 left.
But, Brown hit two free throws and Odom hit one with 2:37 left to give Los Angeles a 91-86 lead.
After Redd made a jumper Bryant countered with two free throws. But, Joe Smith hit two from the charity stripe to make it 93-90 with 1:41 left.
However, after Bryant missed a jumper Parker stole the ball off of Redd and slammed it home with 46.5 second remaining to make it 95-90.
After Milwaukee called a timeout Simmons drained a three-pointer from the right side to pull his squad to 95-93 with 41 seconds remaining.
Bryant got fouled on the Lakers next possession and calmly drained both of his shots with 19 seconds to play and the Lakers held on the rest of the way for the victory.
"It was a good basketball game," said Bucks coach Terry Stotts. "We had alot of opportunities in the fourth quarter to take the lead or put ourselves in a position to win."
The Lakers host the Hornets on Sunday...Bryant scored 17 points in the first quarter...Gadzuric finished with 11 points...The Lakers finished shooting 42.9 percent from the floor...Milwaukee hit 42 percent of its shots...Los Angeles slightly edged Milwaukee on the boards, 45-44...Milwaukee hosts Toronto on Sunday.
03/25 01:39:01 ET