LOS ANGELES (AP) — Eric Bledsoe started the day with a contract extension. He ended it main the Milwaukee Bucks to their eighth consecutive victory and tenth in a row on the highway.
Bledsoe scored 31 parts, Malcolm Brogdon added 21 parts, and the Bucks beat the Los Angeles Lakers 131-120 on Friday night.
“We’ve got a talented younger workforce, we’re rising together,” acknowledged Bledsoe, who reportedly got a $70 million, four-one year extension. “We compete for something bigger than ourselves. I upright wished to be phase of it.”
The NBA’s simplest workforce had its fingers chubby for great of the fourth quarter, when the game changed into tied six times over the final seven minutes.
“We’ve been doing it all season. Workforce’s going to speed, we help our composure and kind our speed,” Bledsoe acknowledged.
Bledsoe’s basket tied it for the closing time at 118-all. That launched a sport-ending 15-2 speed with all nevertheless four of the parts scored by Bledsoe and Brogdon.
“Each person talks about Giannis (Antetokounmpo),” LeBron James acknowledged, “nevertheless it’s the supporting solid. They’ve surrounded Giannis with a gigantic solid.”
Antetokounmpo changed into held to 16 parts — under his 27-point moderate — and 15 rebounds for Milwaukee.
“When the season started we knew we had something particular and had a gigantic workforce, nevertheless to be staunch with you I never concept we’d non-public essentially the most attention-grabbing yarn within the NBA,” he acknowledged. “We’ve labored not easy for it, we’ve played each and each sport, plug available, demonstrate up each and each sport, try to favor each and each sport.”
The Lakers got after the Bucks defensively for the first three quarters, nevertheless had three of their nine turnovers within the final five minutes, together with two by Rajon Rondo.
“We had our probabilities,” James acknowledged. “We broke down personally down the stretch defensively.”
Brandon Ingram and James scored 31 parts each and each. James had 10 assists. Rondo added 20 parts.
James and Rondo mixed to acquire 15 straight parts at some point soon of a stretch within the fourth that drew the Lakers to a 113-all tie. However Los Angeles scored upright seven parts the relaxation of the game.
“For some motive we form of fell apart at the stop,” Lakers coach Luke Walton acknowledged. “One component we did a awful job of changed into defending Bledsoe and Brogdon. We couldn’t help them in front of us.”
Ingram powered the Lakers to their largest lead of the game, seventy nine-67, with eight of their first 14 parts to initiating the third. He had a highlight one-handed dunk over 7-foot Brook Lopez that brought the Lakers’ bench to its toes.
Ingram and James had 10 parts each and each within the quarter.
From there, the Bucks closed on a 26-15 speed, together with nine by Bledsoe, to accelerate 94-93 going into the fourth.
“We had been form of on lifestyles make stronger there for loads of the first half of, going into halftime and going into the third quarter,” Milwaukee coach Mike Budenholzer acknowledged. “We caught a upright wave there and Bled changed into a huge phase of it.”
The Lakers outscored the Bucks 15-9, with six by Kyle Kuzma, to forestall the first half of main 65-59.
Bucks: Antetokounmpo played 32 minutes without restriction after sitting out with comely knee soreness on Monday at Chicago and being restricted to 24 minutes on Wednesday at Sacramento. … They’ve obtained four in a row towards LA. … They improved their NBA-simplest marks to forty eight-14 general and 23-9 on the highway.
Lakers: G Lonzo Ball (bone bruise, sprained left ankle) will be re-evaluated in a week. He’s neglected 15 straight video games since Jan. 19, when he changed into injure in a collision with Houston’s James Harden. … G Lance Stephenson (2d toe sprain on left foot) sat out, nevertheless changed into to not be neglected on the bench in a cherry red jacket. … They fell to five-10 without Ball within the lineup. … Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar sat courtside, and extinct Lakers ironman A.C. Inexperienced attended.
ON A TEAR
Ingram has been on an offensive accelerate for the explanation that All-Wide title destroy ended, averaging 28.4 parts in five video games. That’s great improved from his 17.9 moderate thru the season’s first 50 video games. “He can shoot over anybody alongside with his dimension,” James acknowledged.
HE SAID IT
“We’re aware of it. We don’t try to harp on it too great.” — Walton on being 3 ½ video games out of a playoff berth within the West.
Bucks: At Utah on Saturday within the 2d sport of a help-to-help.
Lakers: At Phoenix on Saturday within the 2d sport of a help-to-help earlier than returning house for 3 in a row.
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