The Lakers exploded for 36 points in the fourth quarter to overcome an 11-point deficit with 11:14 left to defeat the Milwaukee Bucks, 101-93, on Friday night at Staples Center for their third consecutive victory.
The Bucks, after dominating the second and third quarters, seemed to have the game in hand but the Lakers turned the disadvantage into a two-point lead during a five-minute stretch, capped by a Wesley Johnson three-pointer and a Wayne Ellington layup.
Jordan Clarkson scored a team-high 16 points on seven-of-nine shooting as well as had five assists and four rebounds, but it was Jordan Hill (14 points and seven rebounds), Jeremy Lin (14 points, six assists and five rebounds) and Ellington (14 points, six rebounds and five assists) who helped rally the Lakers to the win.
Robert Sacre (12 points) and Carlos Boozer (10) also scored in double figures for the Lakers, while Ed Davis neared a double-double off the bench with eight points and nine rebounds.
Milwaukee was led by Ersan Ilyasova with 17 points and 12 rebounds. Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 13 points, Jerryd Bayless added 12 and Khris Middleton had 10 along with eight rebounds. Reserve John Henson gave the Bucks nine points and five rebounds.
The Lakers shot 47.1% from the field and 33.3% (6 of 18) from three-point range. The Bucks shot 39.1% and 23.5% (4 of 17), respectively. Milwaukee took 29 free throws, making 21 (72.4%), while the Lakers shot 22, converting 15 (68.2%).
With the win, the Lakers improve to 16-41. They’ll next host the Oklahoma City Thunder (30-26) on Sunday at Staples Center. The Bucks (32-26) play again on Saturday, visiting the Utah Jazz (22-35).
Bucks 72, Lakers 65 (end of third quarter)
The Bucks continued to outplay the Lakers in the third quarter, pushing ahead by as many as 11 points.
Giannis Antetokounmpo is leading the Bucks with 11 points, seven rebounds and four assists. Ersan Ilyasova and Khris Middleton added 10 points apiece.
The Lakers have been led by Jordan Clarkson, who has 16 points on seven-of-nine shooting, five assists and four rebounds. Robert Sacre (12 points) and Carlos Boozer (10) were also in double-figure scoring.
The Bucks are shooting 44.1% from the field and have eight turnovers. The Lakers are shooting 41.9% with 11 miscues.
Bucks 47, Lakers 45 (halftime)
The Bucks outscored the Lakers, 29-21, in the second quarter, pulling ahead by as many as seven points before the Lakers closed the deficit to two.
Lakers point guard Jordan Clarkson made five of six shots and has 11 points, four rebounds and four assists. Center Robert Sacre added eight points while backup point guard Jeremy Lin contributed seven off the bench.
The Bucks were led by forward Giannis Antetokounmpo with eight points. Reserve guard Jerryd Bayless (seven points) and center Miles Plumlee (six) gave Milwaukee a boost in the second quarter.
The Lakers shot 48.8% from the field while the Bucks shot 41.3%.
Lakers 24, Bucks 18 (end of first quarter)
Jordan Clarkson helped lead the Lakers to a six-point advantage after 12 minutes against the Bucks, scoring seven points with four assists and three rebounds.
The Lakers shot 50% from the field while holding Milwaukee to 26.1%. Ersan Ilyasova was the Bucks’ leading scorer at six points.
Ryan Kelly and reserve Jeremy Lin both added five points for the Lakers.
Milwaukee had only one assist as a team in 12 minutes of play.
The Lakers (15-41) will try to win their third consecutive game on Friday night, when they host the Milwaukee Bucks (32-25) at Staples Center.
Milwaukee will play without O.J. Mayo (hamstring), Jabari Parker (knee) and Damien Inglis (ankle).
Nick Young (knee) is questionable for the Lakers, while Ronnie Price (elbow), Kobe Bryant (shoulder), Julius Randle (knee) and Steve Nash (back) are all done for the season.
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