Nick Young drained a three-pointer and took contact, rolled into a backward somersault and then lay sprawled face first on the court for a few seconds.
He got up, made the free throw, and gave the Lakers a season-high 76 first-half points. It capped a remarkable start for a team that was itching to get home.
Buoyed by that blistering opening, the Lakers beat the Milwaukee Bucks, 122-114, on Friday night at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. Despite having trailed by 27 points in the first half, and 19 after three quarters, the Bucks roared back to make the game competitive late. They got as close as within five, but the Lakers held them off.
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