The Los Angeles Lakers have defeated the Milwaukee Bucks in the highly anticipated matchup between two No.1 seeds in their respective conferences. The purple and gold won 113-103 and came down to just three games behind the crew from Wisconsin who leads the league.
LeBron James and Anthony Davis ripped apart the guests, scoring 67 points combined. King James had 37 and was, without a doubt the best man on the floor.
“Right now, I am extremely tired, I’m gonna get some rest tonight, get a good dinner, a glass of wine, maybe two and then lock on a Clippers tomorrow.”
King James spent 37 minutes on the court, and added 8 boards, 7 assists, and three steals while shooting 12-for-21 from the field, but that was mostly because of a poor three-point percentage. James made just one of his seven downtown attempts. Otherwise, he was more than confident and dominant inside the paint and around the basket. He also made 12 of his 15 free throws.
“What was more impressive to me was (LeBron’s) defense on Giannis … for him to take on that assignment and still do what he did offensively … just an incredible performance,” said Frank Vogel on LBJ tonight.
Davis dropped 30 and was fighting with the entire Bucks frontcourt, often having to control Giannis on the glass also. The Eyebrow had 9 boards and 2 blocks, was 10-for-24 from the field and 10-for-11 from the free-throw line. Besides him and LeBron, it was only Kyle Kuzma who had a double-digit number of points – 11. He, too, was bad from behind the arc, 1-for-6.
In general, the purple and gold were poor for three making just 6 hits in 32 tries, which is something we don’t see quite often. However, they controlled the bucks rebounding and overpowered the league leaders in that category – 52-45, limiting them to just 5 offensive boards.
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Lakers struggled in the opening half, and the Bucks had a lead throughout the majority of that sequence. The biggest was 38-29, but there weren’t any troubles for the hosts to erase that. A fantastic 18-0 series that took place in the early third period was the key to Lakers’ win. After that, the momentum shifted, and the Bucks were in a difficult situation, having to cope with the pressure of chasing the result.
For one brief moment, Mike Budenholzer’s side came down to four buckets, midway through the third 98-94, but there was no gas left in their tank.
Giannis scored 32 points for Milwaukee, but in the decisive moments during the final period, he missed three free throws. Those were his only misses in 14 attempts. The reigning MVP also added 11 boards and 6 dimes, shooting 10-for-21 from the field.
Donte DiVincenzo had 17 points, 4 assists and three boards, Brook Lopez 13, Khris Middleton 12 and Eric Bledsoe 11. It seems that the Lakers focused on decreasing Giannis’ sidekicks instead of trying to prevent him from delivering buckets.
The guests allowed 50 points from the paint and were outrun in fast break points, 27-20.
Up next, the Bucks (53-10) are heading for Phoenix to meet the Suns this Sunday, and then jump to Denver to have the second of back to back nights only this time against the Nuggets. It is going to be a big challenge for this crew as Denver defeated them in Milwaukee earlier.
Meanwhile, the Lakers (48-13) have a big game coming up against the biggest rivals in the West, the LA Clippers, also tomorrow. After that they await the Nets, Rockets, and the Nuggets.
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