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Bryant scores 31 as Lakers beat Bucks 118-107

By COLIN FLY

MILWAUKEE(AP) Kobe Bryant scored 31 points, Shannon Brown added 16 of his 21 in the fourth quarter, and the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Milwaukee Bucks 118-107 on Tuesday night to snap a two-game losing streak.

Los Angeles had started 8-0 before the consecutive losses, but Brown and Bryant sparked the Lakers on both ends of the floor against what had been the stingiest defense in the NBA.

Bryant scored 13 points in the third quarter, including seven straight in a crucial stretch. Brown didn't skip a beat in the fourth, hitting four 3-pointers that stifled the Bucks' rally.

Brandon Jennings scored 31 points, Andrew Bogut had 12 points and 18 rebounds, and Drew Gooden added 22 points and 13 boards for Milwaukee (5-6), which had its three-game winning streak end.

Brown's reverse layup gave Los Angeles a 99-88 lead with just over 8 minutes to play. Then the reserve guard added a jumper and a 3-pointer moments later to make it 104-90.

After Milwaukee went on a 7-0 run, Brown hit another 3 that pushed the lead back out to 107-97, and Milwaukee never got within two possessions of tying.

Bryant helped the Lakers pull away late in the third quarter, scoring seven straight to break open a tight game in the first of three-game Midwest swing for Los Angeles that includes stops in Detroit and Minnesota.

After Bryant hit two free throws, he stripped John Salmons on the ensuing possession and got the ball back from Derek Fisher on the fast break. Bryant hit an easy layup as Jennings fouled him and converted the three-point play.

Bryant then drew another foul, this time on Salmons, and hit both of the free throws to make it 82-75.

Los Angeles showed it could play a little defense that was been missing, too, in losses to Phoenix and Denver. Milwaukee committed four turnovers in the stretch because of the Lakers' pressure even as the pace clearly favored Los Angeles.

The Lakers came in as the highest-scoring team in the NBA, averaging 112.5 points, and the Bucks were allowing an NBA-low 89.4. Steve Blake's 3-pointer busted the 90-point mark in the closing seconds of the third quarter and gave the Lakers their biggest lead, 90-81, heading into the fourth.

Milwaukee had held some potent offenses to pitiful performances during its three-game winning streak. But there wouldn't be a repeat performance against the Lakers, who got to the rim and the foul line seemingly as much as they wanted. Pau Gasol had 18 points and 10 rebounds, Lamar Odom added 13 points and Fisher had 10.

Notes: Bogut went 2 of 10 from the free throw line. ... Lakers C Theo Ratliff had arthroscopic surgery Tuesday to remove torn cartilage in his left knee. Ratliff is expected to miss 4 to 6 weeks. Los Angeles is also without C Andrew Bynum, who hasn't returned from offseason knee surgery. The Lakers hope he'll return to practice next week. Coach Phil Jackson said in pregame that they may need to get another big man to bolster their front court. ... Packers QB Aaron Rodgers sat courtside as did several of his teammates.


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1 Free throw shot by the Bucks in the first half, as Milwaukee made an inordinate amount of jump shots to take a 59-57 lead into the break, shooting as high as 72 percent early in the second. The Bucks did manage to get to the line 26 times in the second half, however, though Andrew Bogut made only 2-of-10 attempts.

5 First quarter threes for the Bucks in six attempts, meaning that the Lakers had conceded 27 three-pointers in a five-quarter stretch dating back to Sunday's loss to Phoenix.

16 Fourth quarter points for Shannon Brown, including an impressive 4-of-4 shooting from three-point land, a major boost off the bench for the visitors. Phil Jackson rightfully rewarded him by giving Brown the full 12 minutes of the fourth.

31 Game-high points for Kobe Bryant, who made all 11 of his field goals and had good elevation on his jumper throughout the contest.

118 Season-high points conceded by the Bucks, who had allowed an NBA-low of 89 points per game coming into the contest, and allowed over 100 points only once, in an OT loss to Boston (102-105).




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Points Bryant 31, 10-23 FG
Rebounds Gasol 10, 2 OFF 8 DEF
Assists Odom 6
Steals Artest, Barnes 2
Blocks Gasol 3


POSTGAME QUOTES

Head Coach Phil Jackson

(On second half defense …)
"They missed their 3-point shots. In the second half they were 3 for 14. I think we played about the same both halves defending the three; they were just on fire and made those shots. Our energy level in the second half was much better, we had some turnovers, got the ball loose and had some offensive run outs which helped us."

(On Shannon Brown…)
"He had a great contribution tonight. When he came out in the NBA, everyone told him he had to shoot a jump shot and he's taking that seriously and worked hard on it and now he's a legit 3-point shooter."

(On the tempo of the game…)
"I thought the Bucks came out with the plan of running us. I thought they really attacked us to run, they tried to hurry the game on and I think that played into our hand a little bit."


Guard Kobe Bryant

(On the third quarter run…)
"I needed to get us going a little bit, the game was flat. At halftime we talked about doing a better job defensively. We were really poor in the first half just giving layup after layup and we wanted to sure up our defense in the second half."

(On playing Brandon Jennings…)
"We tried to make it difficult for him and tried to make him take tougher looks. In the first half we felt like he could pick us apart by getting to the rim, squatting behind picks and knocking down shots and you got to make him work a little more than that."


Guard Shannon Brown

(On his 4th quarter play …)
"I'm just trying to take what the defense gives, not trying to force anything but just taking what's given to me and fortunately its been working for me. My teammates have done a great job working me in and passing me the ball where I can be productive and help."

(On their defensive effort…)
"I think it got better. In the first half we weren't playing defense, the score was too high and in the second half we wanted to establish ourselves on the defensive end. We wanted to get out and run, get some transition buckets, and some easy looks on the offensive end."



Head Coach Scott Skiles

(On the defensive end …)
"Yeah right from the beginning of the game we really struggled from that end of the floor. At one point we were shooting 67 percent and it was a tied game. We kind of commented on the bench that this was going to be a difficult game for us to win, even though we were playing pretty well offensively. We let them catch it wherever they wanted to catch it."

(On the technical foul in the third quarter …)
"I don't look at the games as one play here or there. I look at it more as what we are trying to get done out there and are we trying to get those things done and we had great difficulty trying to get that done tonight."

(On the game …)
"The losing mindset is to look at other people to blame. That's generally not what winners are doing and if that was what we're doing that's not a good sign. They took it to us. We had some silly fouls in the first half. As I said, we didn't take care of our business tonight. We had nice rhythm going offensively, had nice ball movement and scored over 100 points. 78 field goal attempts and 118 points, that's a tough game for us to win."

(On rebounding …)
"We are a good rebounding team. Our guys normally go out there and rebound the ball well. In the situation where they shot the ball so well there aren't that many rebounds to get. We got our share of them. We had a little trouble converting at points in the game. Other then about four minutes in the third quarter we had a decent offensive rhythm to us in the game."


Forward Drew Gooden

(On the defensive performance …)
"Defensively that's not where we want to be allowing them to shoot almost 54 percent from the field. We finally had a decent shooting night but defensively they ran what they wanted to run. Kind of picked us apart on the offensive end when they got the ball."

(On Shannon Brown coming off the bench …)
"He was so efficient out there for them, 21 points in 21 minutes, no turnovers, that's an efficient game coming off the bench. He is playing well in that system. He was a huge spark for them. It seemed like time in time out he was knocking out that corner three. We have guys that come off the bench also that can score in a variety of ways just as Shannon (Brown), but you have to credit him."


Forward Andrew Bogut

(On the game …)
"There the number one offensive team, were the number one defensive, I think they won that battle. But I think that we need to do a better job offensively. We gave them a lot of easy baskets and we kind of over-respected their triangle a little bit."











LAKERS VS. BUCKS GAME PREVIEW

By JEFF BARTL, STATS Writer

After an 8-0 start, the Los Angeles Lakers have lost two straight and are seeking a spark as they try to get back on track.

The NBA's highest-scoring team will look to do so when it takes on the league's top defensive club Tuesday night.

The Lakers begin a three-game Midwest road trip against the Milwaukee Bucks, who are allowing a league-low 89.4 points per game.

Los Angeles scored more than 100 points for the ninth time in 10 games Sunday, but fell 121-116 to Phoenix. The Lakers gave up 22 3-pointers - the second-highest total in NBA history.

"You hate losing, especially to start a road trip, but it is what it is," guardKobe Bryant said. "They made big shots, a lot of them."

Bryant ended up just shy of his 18th career triple-double, finishing with 25 points, 14 assists and nine rebounds. Pau Gasol had team-highs of 28 points and 17 rebounds while Lamar Odom added 22 points and 11 boards.

"You know you're always upset when you lose," coach Phil Jackson said. "This is about winning, this game is, and losing is a part parcel that you're dealing with as far as accepting it."

The Lakers (8-2) are scoring an NBA-high 112.5 points a game. Bryant's 25.2 average ranks third in the league, but he may have a tough time reaching that number against Milwaukee.

This season, only Boston's Paul Pierce (28), Charlotte's D.J. Augustin(26) and New Orleans' David West (25) have equaled or surpassed that average against the Bucks, who haven't allowed a 30-point scorer in 11 games. Milwaukee (5-5) held Bryant to 12 points on 4-of-21 shooting in the last meeting Jan. 10, although the Lakers won 95-77.

Milwaukee was particularly impressive against run-and-gun Golden State on Saturday, shutting down the Warriors in a 79-72 victory. The Bucks haven't given up 100 points in regulation for nine straight contests.

"Very good game and we needed it," coach Scott Skiles said. "We only scored 79 points, and you don't often win when you score 79. Our defense was solid, we rebounded the ball well. We got after them early and made them turn it over a little bit.

"We're starting to string together a couple good defensive performances."

John Salmons scored a season-high 26 points for the Bucks, winners of three straight and four of five.

"Our defense has been great all year, and we were able to hold a good offensive club to 34 percent (shooting), " Salmons said.

The Bucks may need a similar defensive effort against the Lakers, as they're 28th in the league with 92.1 points a game. Point guard Brandon Jennings leads the team at 15.7 points per contest.


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Lakers Andrew Bynum (right knee surgery) is out.
Lamar Odom (sore right foot) is probable.
Theo Ratliff (sore left knee) is out.

Mavs Carlos Delfino (neck strain) is Day-to-day
Chris Douglas-Roberts (right eye injury) is Day-to-day
Darington Hobson (left hip surgery) is out.
Michael Redd (left ACL/MCL) is out.


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12/21 - MIL @ LAL


This Milwaukee Bucks team hangs their hat on tenacity and defense. They will compete and if we bring a soft approach to the game we will be in for a long night as we begin this three game trip. The Bucks were bit by the injury bug early and are still having players filter back into the lineup. The Bucks have allowed 91 points or less in each of their last five games. With either Jennings or Boykins handling the ball we know they will try to push it up quickly and explore some transition options. In the half court they will try to run their offense through Bogut. This team is very effective in their out of bounds plays and in their execution after time-outs.

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GAME NOTES

SEASON& SERIES NOTES; CONNECTIONS
The Lakers swept last season's series with Milwaukee 2-0 for the second consecutive season. This will be the 120th meeting between the two teams with the Lakers holding a 76-43 all-time series advantage. In their last 10 games against Milwaukee, the Lakers are 7-3 against the Bucks and have won 24 of the last 29 overall including a string of 10-straight from November of 2001 through March of 2006. The Lakers are 9-2 all-time against the Bucks at STAPLES Center and are 8- 2 in their last 10 home games (16-2 in their last 18 home games vs. Milwaukee). In Milwaukee, the Lakers are 7-3 in their last 10 games. Under head coach Phil Jackson, the Lakers are 15-5 against the Bucks. In their most recent meeting, the Lakers held Milwaukee to a series-low 77 points, surpassing the old mark of 82 established 2/25/73. In 25 games including 22 starts against Milwaukee, Kobe Bryant is averaging 23.9 points against the Bucks. Lakers special assistant coach Kareem Abdul-Jabbar played six seasons with Milwaukee before being traded to the Lakers in 1975 and currently holds the Bucks series scoring record (50 points, 3/17/73 vs. Milwaukee) against the Lakers. Additionally, on November 21, Abdul- Jabbar took part in a halftime ceremony during the Lakers/Bucks game in which his retired number 33 banner was rededicated in celebration of Milwaukee's 40th anniversary season. Abdul-Jabbar owns Bucks franchise records for points (14,211), rebounds (7.161) and scoring average (30.4) among others. Prior to joining the Chicago Bulls and then the Lakers, assistant coach Frank Hamblen spent nine seasons with the Bucks as both Del Harris and Mike Dunleavy's top assistant while serving as the interim head coach for Milwaukee during the 1991-92 season. Bucks forward Luc Mbah a Moute played locally at UCLA while Milwaukee forward Corey Maggette played alongside Lamar Odom with the LA Clippers from 2000-03.

RAINING THREES
In their 116-121 loss to Phoenix on November 14th, the Lakers and Suns combined for 31 three-point field goals on the night, one shy of the NBA record of 32 established by Phoenix (18) at Seattle (14) in double overtime on January 22, 2006. The combined total marks the 8th time in NBA history that two teams have combined for 31 three- point field goals and just the 6th that two teams did so in a non-overtime game. It is the 3rd time the Lakers have been involved in combining for 31 three-point field goals, also doing so 3/30/08 (Lakers (14), Washington (17) – overtime) and 12/17/06 (Lakers (19), Washington (12) – overtime).
Additionally, the Suns total of 22 three-point field goals made was one shy of the NBA record of 23 established by the Orlando Magic 1/13/09 at Sacramento. In addition to breaking their own franchise record of 20 three-point field goals made, Phoenix eclipsed the Lakers opponent franchise record of 19 three-point field goals made, also established by the Suns in April of 2005.

BACK-TO-BACK
Tuesday's game in Milwaukee is the first of a back-to-back set with the Bucks and Pistons. This season, the Lakers are 1-0 in the first game and 1-0 in the second game of back-to-backs. On the year, the Lakers will play 15 sets of back-to-back games as opposed to the 20 they faced a season ago. The only other time the Lakers have played 15 or fewer sets of back-to-back games came in the team's first ever NBA season (1948-49) when they also played 15 sets of back-to-backs. Chicago, Milwaukee and Atlanta lead the league with 23 back-to-backs each in 2010-11 while Oklahoma City (17), Phoenix (16) and the Lakers (15) will play the fewest sets this season.

BRYANT YOUNGEST IN NBA HISTORY TO 26,000 POINTS; 12th EVER TO REACH MILESTONE*
With his 17th point November 11th at Denver, Kobe Bryant reached 26,000 for his career. In doing so, Bryant became the youngest to do so in NBA history (32 years, 80 days), surpassing Wilt Chamberlain (32 years, 114 days) and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (33 years, 331 days). Additionally, Bryant became the 12th player in NBA history to score 26,000 points and the 8th fastest to do so (1,030) in terms of games, behind Shaquille O'Neal (1,022). Wilt Chamberlain was the fastest to reach 26,000, doing so in 734 games. Among the remaining top five scorers in NBA history (Chamberlain and O'Neal already mentioned), Michael Jordan reached 26,000 points in 815 games, Abdul-Jabbar in 925 games and Karl Malone in 997 games.

Last season, with a free throw at the three minute mark of the 2nd quarter January 21st at Cleveland, Kobe Bryant scored his 25,000th career point, becoming the 15th NBA player in league history to do so as well as the youngest ever to reach the milestone at 31 years and 151 days of age. Bryant surpassed Wilt Chamberlain (31 years, 186 days) in terms of youngest to 25,000, with Karl Malone (33 years, 228 days) and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (33 years, 249 days) 3rd and 4th respectively. In terms of games, Bryant (989 games) became the 9th fastest to 25,000 career points, behind Dominique Wilkins (960). Chamberlain was the fastest to reach 25,000 (691 games).

The youngest player in league history to accumulate 16,000 – 20,000 and 23,000 – 25,000 points, Bryant was the 22nd fastest to 16,000, 20th fastest to 17,000, 16th fastest to 18,000, 15th fastest to 19,000, 15th fastest to 20,000, 12th fastest to 21,000, 12th fastest to 22,000, 11th fastest to 23,000, 9th fastest to 24,000 and 9th fastest to 25,000 points in terms of games.

IRON MAN
Entering the Lakers game at Milwaukee, Derek Fisher has played in 423 consecutive regular season games dating back to April 15, 2005, second among all active NBA players behind Portland's Andre Miller 623 consecutive games (began season at 612). Additionally, Fisher has started 301 consecutive regular season games dating back to January 15, 2007, tops among all active players by more than 40 games (2nd - Andre Iguodala). Former Laker A.C. Green holds the NBA record for most consecutive games played with 1,192 dating from 11/19/86 – 4/18/01 while a member of the Lakers, Phoenix Suns, Dallas Mavericks and Miami Heat.

BRYANT'S FRANCHISE MILESTONES
In first quarter of the Lakers November 3rd victory at Sacramento, Kobe Bryant passed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (37,492) for first on the Lakers all-time minutes played list (regular season). Additionally, in the first quarter of the Lakers November 5th victory over Toronto, Bryant passed Jerry West (9,016 FGM) for 2nd on the franchise's all- time field goals made list (regular season). Abdul-Jabbar ranks 1st in franchise history with 9,935 field goals made. In all, Bryant now ranks 1st or 2nd on the Lakers all- time list in points (1st), games (2nd), minutes (1st), steals (2nd), field goals made & attempted (2nd), free throws made & attempted (2nd), 3-point field goals made & attempted (1st) and free throw % (2nd).

ODOM 10TH FASTEST IN NBA HISTORY TO 11,000 POINTS, 6,000 REBOUNDS AND 3,000 ASSISTS; 29th EVER TO DO SO*
With 17 points 11/2 vs. Memphis, Lamar Odom recorded his 11,000th career point, becoming just the 29th player in NBA history to reach 11,000 points, 6,000 rebounds and 3,000 assists and the 10th fastest to do so in terms of games. Only Larry Bird (527 games), Chris Webber (667 games), Kevin Garnett (681 games), Oscar Robertson (688 games), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (691 games), Wilt Chamberlain (691 games), Elgin Baylor (716 games) Alvan Adams (718 games) and Bill Russell (746 games) reached those totals faster than Odom, who did so in 751 career games.

ODOM KICKS OFF THE SEASON ON A HOT STREAK*
Over the first five games of the season, Lamar Odom shot 35-for-50 (.700) from the field, ranking first in the NBA. The last player to shoot 70% from the field through the first five games of a season (min. 50 FGA) was Charles Barkley, who shot 43-for-60 (.716) over the first five games of the 1991-92 season. The only other time a Lakers player did so was Wilt Chamberlain, who shot 49-of-70 (.700) over the first five games of the 1968-69 season.

A ONE-TWO PUNCH TO START THE SEASON*
With 30 points from Pau Gasol and 23 points from Kobe Bryant in the Lakers November 5th victory over Toronto, the two became the first pair of teammates to both score at least 20 points in each of their team's first six games of a season since Larry Kenon and George Gervin did so over the first seven games for the 1979-80 San Antonio Spurs. Bryant and Gasol are the first pair of Lakers to do so since Wilt Chamberlain and Jerry West scored 20+ points each in their first six games of the 1970-71 season.

WIRE-TO-WIRE
With their 124-105 victory over Memphis on November 2, the Lakers won in wire-to-wire fashion for the second straight game, after claiming their first wire-to wire victory of the season in a 107-83 victory over Golden State on October 31st. Last year, the Lakers claimed NINE wire-to-wire victories (games in which they never trailed); seven during the regular season and two during the 2010 Playoffs (4/18 & 4/27 vs. Oklahoma City). During their previous championship run in 2008-09, the Lakers claimed 11 wire-to-wire victories; nine during the regular season and two during the 2009 Playoffs (4/29 vs. Utah & 5/17 vs. Houston). Last season, the Lakers also lost twice in wire- to-wire fashion (98-107 1/8/10 @ POR and 75-91 3/26/10 @ OKC).

GASOL IN GOOD COMPANY*
Through the first four games of the season, Pau Gasol amassed 97 points and 44 rebounds while shooting .533 from the field. Since the Lakers moved from Minneapolis to Los Angeles in 1960, only four other Lakers had at least 90 points and 40 rebounds while shooting over .500 from the floor over the Lakers' first four games of a season. Gasol joins Elgin Baylor, Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Shaquille O'Neal, who last did it in 2001.

GASOL NAMED WESTERN CONFERENCE PLAYER OF THE WEEK; 7th CAREER HONOR
On November 1, the NBA announced that Pau Gasol had earned Western Conference Player of the Week honors for games played Tuesday, October 26 through Sunday, October 31. The award is the 7th of his career (previous awards came for weeks ending 3/21/10, 2/22/09, 2/8/09, 3/26/06, 3/2/06 and 1/2/05) and 4th as a Laker. One of four Lakers (Kobe Bryant, Andrew Bynum, Shaquille O'Neal) to win the award since it became separated by Conference and one of nine to win the weekly honor overall since its inception, Gasol averaged 25.3 points (.525 FG%), 10.3 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 2.00 blocks in helping lead Los Angeles to a 3-0 week: 10/26 vs. HOU: 29 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 blocks; 10/29 @ PHX: 21 points, 8 rebounds, 9 assists, 2 blocks; 10/31 vs. GS: 26 points, 12 rebounds, 2 blocks.

JACKSON FASTEST COACH TO 1,100 VICTORIES
With the Lakers victory at Phoenix November 29, Phil Jackson became the fastest coach in NBA history to the 1,100 career victories, doing so in his 1,560th regular season NBA game. Of the four other coaches who have amassed at least 1,100 career victories, Pat Riley was previously the fastest to do so, needing 1,639 games. Of the remaining three, Jerry Sloan needed 1,823 games, Don Nelson took 1,931 games and Lenny Wilkens earned career win 1,100 in his 1,996th game on the sidelines.

Jackson (1,106-462), already the fastest coach to 1,000 career victories, established the Lakers franchise record for coaching wins in February of 2010 (534th victory 2/3/10 vs. Charlotte). The only coach in league history to win better than 70 percent of his games (.705), Jackson currently ranks 5th all-time in regular season victories, 12th in regular season games coached, 1st in playoff games coached (323), 1st in playoff games won (225) and 1st in playoff win percentage (.697). Earning induction in his first year of consideration, on September 7, 2007, Jackson was enshrined into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Owning a record 11 NBA Championships as a head coach, only Jerry Sloan (4th), Pat Riley (3rd), Lenny Wilkens (2nd) and Don Nelson (1st) have more career victories than Jackson. Of the top five, Jackson has coached 900+ fewer games than Wilkens, 800+ fewer games than Nelson, 400+ fewer games than Sloan and 300+ fewer games than Riley.






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