LAst Night's Action: Lakers Outshoot Bucks
LA Lakers defeat Milwaukee Bucks 118-107. Defense? The Lakers showed they weren’t all that interested in defense making it look like they would need another last-second Kobe Bryant jumper in overtime to beat the Bucks at the Bradley Center as was the case on Dec. 16, 2009.
Thanks to the Bucks hitting five three-pointers in the first quarter it really did look like the Phoenix game all over. In fact the Lakers and Bucks would exchange shots throughout the first half as defense was definitely played as a luxury option and both teams shooting over 50%.
After the Lakers came out flat in the second quarter allowing the Bucks to take a six-point lead, the Lakers finally seemed to pull away as the Bucks couldn’t get the ball to go through the net with the Lakers taking a 90-81 lead.
Then Shannon Brown usurped the title of “The Closer” from Kobe Bryant as he scored 10 consecutive points for the Lakers with Bryant on the bench to keep the Bucks an arm’s-length away. Brown scored 21 points off the bench with 16 coming in the fourth quarter alone. Bryant and Bucks wunderkind Brandon Jennings led all scorers with 31 points while Pau Gasol had his usual double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds.