Lakers return home to defeat the Milwaukee Bucks impressively, 113-95

On Tuesday, the Lakers returned home from an eight-game trip to earn their most impressive win of the season, defeating the Milwaukee Bucks at Staples Center, 113-95.

The Lakers scored 30 points in the first quarter and 55 in the first half, but really took control in the third period, pulling ahead by as many as 22 points.

The home crowd chanted for Kobe Bryant to return in the fourth quarter, but the Lakers were too far ahead for Coach Byron Scott to oblige. Instead, the Staples Center faithful chanted for giveaway tacos -- getting so rewarded with the Lakers’ victory while holding the Bucks to under 100 points.

Bryant led all scorers with 22 points, along with six assists while shooting seven for 15 from the field.

D’Angelo Russell added 19 points off the bench with seven assists. Lou Williams scored 16, Julius Randle had 14 points (with 14 rebounds), Roy Hibbert 12 (with 11 rebounds) and Nick Young 10.


Jordan Clarkson returned from a two-game absence from a sprained ankle, scoring 12 points in 33 minutes.

Larry Nance Jr. only scored four but two were on a thunderous dunk that had teammate Young doing a summersault on the sideline.

The Lakers shot 46.1% from the field, 37.0% from three-point range (10-27) and 84.0% from the line (21-25).

The Bucks hit 47.1%, 30.8% (4-13) and 55.0% (11-20). Milwaukee was led by Michael Carter-Williams with 19 points. Khris Middleton added 16, Giannis Antetokounmpo 15, Jabari Parker 12 and Miles Plumlee 10.

Forward/center Greg Monroe sat out with a sore knee. The Bucks also played without guards Greivis Vasquez and Jerryd Bayless, both out with ankle injuries.

The Lakers (4-21) next host the Houston Rockets (12-14) on Thursday. The Bucks (10-16) visit the Clippers (15-10) on Wednesday.

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