11:10 AMLakers 118, Bucks 107: Nov. 16 Running Diary
| Mike Trudell November 16, 2010 Running Diary.|
Below is a running diary of L.A.’s road contest in Milwaukee as the Lakers looked to snap a two-game losing streak, with some comments drawn from our @LakersReporter Twitter account, and a few more details in case you missed any of the action:
0:00.1 It was sub Matt Barnes who made a key play to close the first, deftly snatching a late offensive rebound and turning to nail a buzzer-beating three to give the Lakers a 32-29 lead out of the first quarter. We’d expected a defensive game, the Bucks conceding 100 points only once all season and leading the league by allowing only 89 points per game due in part to a deliberate pace, but Milwaukee shot 63.2 percent and L.A. hit 52 percent with four offensive boards to keep the score up.
Bryant and Gasol posted 10 points apiece, while the Spaniard also grabbed four boards and keyed a late run with Bryant on the bench.
4:28 Bryant and Fisher returned at around the six-minute mark, and L.A.’s defense promptly clamped down a bit, allowing a quick 5-0 Fisher run (a three and two free throws) at the other end to put the Lakers up 51-47.
0:04.0 It wasn’t that the Lakers weren’t playing good defense, per say, but Milwaukee was simply making quite a few difficult, long jumpers, including two straight from Gooden (10 points) and Jennings (19), whose layup allowed the Bucks a 59-57 lead. Jennings, for whom the Bucks played 2pac and Dr. Dre’s "California Love” each time he scored (he is an L.A. native, after all), hurt the Lakers throughout the half with his shooting (8-of-13) in particular.
3:15 So many times throughout his remarkable scoring career (26,000 and counting) has Bryant gone off on individual runs like the one we saw across a two-minute stretch in which he scored seven points, five coming at the foul line. Add Barnes’s second three, and L.A. had reeled off a 10-0 burst to take an 82-75 lead, its largest of the game.
0:21.9 The quarter ended just as well for L.A., who got Blake’s second three of the game to open a 90-81 lead heading into the final quarter. He, Barnes and Brown had all been effective, allowing Bryant, Fisher and Artest some extra rest. Meanwhile, Bucks mascot Bango, one of the league’s best, attached a bunch of balloons to some Bucks fan instructed to wear a Lakers jersey’s Lakers hat, sending the lid up to the ceiling. Fun stuff.
5:35 Before the game, Brown told me that he put 12 tickets aside for family members and friends who made the 90-odd mile drive up from Maywood, Illinois, just west of the United Center in Chicago. With a ridiculous fourth quarter stretch in which he nailed three triples for nine of 13 points (18 total), Brown kept the Lakers up 10 despite a four-point possession from Drew Gooden (flagrant 1 foul on Odom plus a tip-in).
0:55 Brown added still another three-pointer to essentially toss the dagger in Milwaukee, before a slick tip pass from Bryant to Gasol and then the second running fadeaway J of the quarter from Kobe made it 118-107 in the final minute. That’s how it would end, with L.A. improving to 9-2 on the season, and 3-1 on the road.
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