In one of the most highly anticipated games of the season, the Bucks and Lakers provided an intense game. The Bucks could not overcome the physicality of the Lakers in a playoff-like atmosphere.
The two teams were tied at the half, but the Lakers used an 18-0 run in the third quarter to run away with the game. The Bucks were able to get within four in the fourth quarter, but could not make the shots to complete the comeback. When the Bucks went cold in the final minutes, the Lakers iced the game with an unrelenting attack.
Giannis had 32 points, 11 rebounds, and 6 assists. LeBron James finished with 37 points, 8 rebounds, and 7 assists. Anthony Davis chipped in 30 points and 9 rebounds for the Lakers.
Aside from Giannis, the bright spot for the Bucks tonight was Donte DiVincenzo, who had 17 points off the bench, 14 of which were scored in the third quarter alone. Khris Middleton, Brook Lopez, and Eric Bledsoe also scored in double figures for the Bucks, but Bledsoe and Lopez were plagued with foul trouble.
Kyle Korver returned to action, scoring just 3 points in 12 minutes.
George Hill did not play due to an injury suffered against the Pacers.
The Bucks lost the rebounding battle 52-45.
Khris Middleton was given a flagrant foul for a play on LeBron James during a fast break attempt.
The Lakers snapped a six-game losing streak against the Bucks with their win tonight.
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