Antetokounmpo, Bucks beat Davis-led Lakers 111-104
ABS-CBN Sports on Dec 20, 2019 11:41 AM
Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo and Los Angeles Lakers' Dwight Howard battle for a loose ball during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
By Keith Jenkins, Associated Press
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo had 34 points and 11 rebounds, and the Milwaukee Bucks beat LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers 111-104 Thursday night (Friday, PHL time) in a showdown of the NBA's top teams.
Antetokounmpo had seven assists and a career-best five 3-pointers, and George Hill added 21 points off the bench for the Bucks. Milwaukee improved to 25-4 after ending an 18-game winning streak against Dallas on Monday night (Tuesday, PHL time).
James had 21 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists for his seventh triple-double of the season, and Anthony Davis had 36 points and 10 rebounds for Los Angeles. The Lakers dropped to 24-5 largely because their bench was outscored 34-4 by the Bucks' reserves.
Milwaukee led by six after the first quarter then opened the second with a 20-7 run. Davis and James combined to shoot 6 for 20 in the first half, and the Lakers had 10 turnovers. The Bucks led 65-46 at the break.
The Bucks improved to 3-0 against the two teams from Los Angeles, including a dominant 119-91 win over the Clippers at home on Dec. 6 (Dec. 7, PHL time).
The last time two teams that were 20 games over .500 played each other before Jan. 1 was 1980. The Boston Celtics (28-8) played the Suns (32-8) in Phoenix. Boston won 116-97.
Lakers: Kyle Kuzma remained out with a sore ankle. Coach Frank Vogel said he's hopeful the third-year forward will be able to practice fully Saturday (Sunday, PHL time) and be available to play Sunday (Monday, PHL time).
Bucks: Milwaukee played its third game without guard Eric Bledsoe. The 2018-19 all-defensive first-team performer fractured his right leg against the Memphis Grizzles on Friday (Saturday, PHL time). Bledsoe is expected to miss about 2 weeks.
Lakers: Host the Nuggets on Sunday (Monday, PHL time).
Bucks: At the Knicks on Saturday (Sunday, PHL time).