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Bucks keep Lakers' road woes going with 100-89 win

By CHRIS JENKINS


Posted Jan 28 2012 8:14PM

MILWAUKEE (AP) Drew Gooden scored 23 points and the undermanned Milwaukee Bucks made sure the Lakers' road struggles continued, beating Los Angeles 100-89 on Saturday night.

Kobe Bryant scored 27 for the Lakers, who are 1-7 on the road this season.

Ersan Ilyasova and Mike Dunleavy added 15 points each for the Bucks, who managed to beat the Lakers without two of their best players.

Already scrambling to compensate for the long-term absence of injured center Andrew Bogut, the Bucks found themselves without guard/forward Stephen Jackson on Saturday because of an NBA suspension.

Bryant made six free throws to break Jerry West's franchise record for free throws made. Coming into Saturday's game, Bryant needed three makes to tie West's mark of 7,160.

Bryant also came closer to becoming the Lakers' career leader in field goals made. He was 10 of 21 from the floor Saturday, leaving him three short of the 13 field goals he needed to tie Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's franchise record of 9,935 field goals made.

Even without Bogut and Jackson, the Bucks were in control most of the way. Ilyasova hit a jumper at the horn to end the third quarter, and the Bucks took an 80-73 lead into the fourth.

The Bucks led 85-76 after an inside score from Ilyasova with just under eight minutes left, but Bryant scored five straight points to cut the lead to six.

But Luc Richard Mbah a Moute hit a jumper, then Gooden scored on a turnaround hook shot and hit a pair of free throws to run the lead back to 91-81.

Andrew Bynum scored inside, but Dunleavy hit a long jumper to give the Bucks a 93-83 lead with just over two minutes left.

After Bryant made a pair of free throws, Dunleavy drilled a 3-pointer to put the game away with 1:24 left.

The Bucks managed the beat the Lakers without Jackson, whose suspension was announced a few hours before the game.

The NBA suspended Jackson one game for verbal abuse of a game official and failure to leave the court in a timely manner at the end of the Bucks' 107-100 loss at Chicago on Friday night.

It's another rough moment for Jackson, who was benched by coach Scott Skiles in the Bucks' Jan. 20 game at the New York Knicks.

Bogut, meanwhile, fractured his left ankle in Wednesday's game at Houston and is expected to miss eight to 12 weeks - a crushing blow for Milwaukee.

Without Bogut, the undersized Bucks faced a tough test from the Lakers' pair of 7-footers: Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum.

But they held their ground on defense early on, taking a 51-43 lead at halftime. The Bucks forced the Lakers into 10 turnovers in the first half, and limited Gasol to six points on 3 for 10 shooting.

Gasol finished the game with 12 points and 15 rebounds, but was 6 for 18 from the floor.

Lakers rookie guard Andrew Goudelock scored 13 points despite being hospitalized for dehydration overnight. Goudelock was coming off his best performance of the year, having scored a career-high 14 points against the Clippers on Wednesday.


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Points Bryant 27, 10-21 FG
Rebounds Gasol 15, 7 OFF 8 DEF
Assists Bryant 9
Steals Bryant/Fisher 2
Blocks Bynum 2


POSTGAME QUOTES



Mike Brown:

On tonights loss:

“Milwaukee was just more physical than us. They got up into us, they bothered us, they pressured us. We played on our heels, and it was tough for us to finish around the basket. I don’t care who was on the floor or who had the ball for us, they just made it a physical ‘grind it out’ type of game, and we did not fight back. We did not fight back the way that we should have on the road, and it was disappointing to see them take us out of everything we tried to run. And on the other end of the floor, we just kind of went through the motions defensively. I can’t count how many blow-bys we had defensively, how many layups we gave them, especially in the first half. You’re going to turn the ball over when you face a team like that, that you allow to get up in your chest. It’s just disappointing to watch.”

On going inside early, but not as much late:

“We tried to get the ball inside. I’d be interested to see how many times we caught the ball in the paint and we didn’t finish, because we were taking off-balance shots because they bumped us here, they bumped us there. Now our balance isn’t good and we’re throwing the ball up, or we’re bringing the ball down and letting them strip at it. It’ll be interesting to go back and look at the tape. I thought the ball touched the paint quite a bit. There’s nothing I can complain about here in terms of inside touches. Obviously, Kobe with 21 shots, being our leading scorer, he’s probably going to get 21 shots. But then our next two guys, in terms of Pau and Andrew, they had 18 and 10 respectively, and 28 together. It’s not a bad number for the type of possession game that it is. We just didn’t finish.”




Kobe Bryant:

On what the team’s identity is:

“There’s adversity, but with a shortened season, it’s a challenge. We’ve got to get on the same page. We’ve had a lot of young guys step up. We know what we’ve got to do, we just have to do it.”

On being the team leader:

“It’s talking a lot and playing with energy. That’s the toughest thing; we’re a blue-collar team and we’ve got to bring it. We need to have a good effort every single night. It’s much easier to do at home, and use the energy of the crowd. On the road, we have to find a way to find that energy.”

On there being any concern or panic in the locker room:

“In this locker room, I don’t think so. There’s concern and determination that we want to fix things. If we solve that issue, then we’ll be alright.”




Andrew Bynum:

On tonight’s game, going inside a lot:

“In the first half, we did a decent job, but in the second half I didn’t get very many touches. Defensively, there’s no excuse; we’ve got to get better.”

On the physical play inside:

“We can be pretty efficient. I was missing the left hook and the right hook which I did not attempt, which would have been more efficient. I’ve got to make those shots because that will get the team to get me the ball.”




Scott Skiles:

On tonight’s performance:

“I thought it was a well-played overall game. We executed offensively, we had great ball movement. Defensively, we did as good a job on their key guys, even with Kobe (Bryant) near a triple-double. We held our own tonight and really competed tonight.”

On tonight’s defense:

“We were smart on our fouling. We controlled their length. Those two guys (Andrew Bynum & Pau Gasol) are tough to cover. Drew (Gooden) was great, our big guys came out and competed tonight.”




Brandon Jennings:

On keeping winning momentum:

“The fact that we have home games, hopefully we can count on that. We’ll be in our house where we are comfortable, a place that we’re used to playing. It’s a great thing that we are back at home.”

On the team’s cohesiveness:

“The main reason for the team coming together is our unselfishness. Guys in our second group are really playing a big part; they’re really helping us out down the stretch, especially in the second quarter. Sometimes the starting lineup starts, off the game the right way and they’re there to pick us up.”






Lakers-Bucks Preview

By ALAN FERGUSON


Posted Jan 27 2012 10:56PM

Kobe Bryant said an attitude adjustment helped the Los Angeles Lakers end their longest losing streak of the season.

The Lakers will try to carry that attitude into the start of a road-heavy stretch Saturday night when they attempt to take over first place in the Pacific Division by topping the Milwaukee Bucks.

Bryant felt some of his teammates weren't being themselves but some conversations and a home game with the rival Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday helped change that.

The Lakers prevailed 96-91 in a game that featured six technical fouls, 40 personal fouls and Josh McRoberts' ejection for tussling with Reggie Evans.

Bryant's 24 points led the way during the end to a three-game skid, while Pau Gasol had 23 after scoring eight during a loss to Indiana on Sunday. Rookie Andrew Goudelock had a career-high 14 off the bench after scoring a combined 10 in his first 10 games, and Metta World Peace contributed a season-high seven assists and five rebounds.

"Everybody played with the right attitude, and guys did what they do best," Bryant said. "They had the right temperament. Everybody did what we do best. Metta was being himself. You have to be who you are."

The Lakers (11-8) will likely need that grit while playing eight of their next nine on the road. Los Angeles is 1-6 away from home this season.

"We needed to get some momentum for the road. We're going to be tested during this trip," said center Andrew Bynum, whose 19 points were his most since Jan. 5. "We need to do way better than .500."

The Lakers might have a chance to get that stretch started on a positive note as they've won 12 of 15 in Milwaukee and each of the last three visits. Bryant had 31 points and the Lakers shot 53.8 percent during a 118-107 win there last season.

The Bucks snapped a six-game skid in the series with a 98-79 victory at Staples Center on Dec. 21, 2010, and will try to avoid a third consecutive home defeat Saturday.

Milwaukee, which had won its first four home games this season, is seeking its fourth win in six overall contests but a slow start to the second half cost the Bucks during a 107-100 loss in Chicago on Friday.

They trailed by a point at halftime but allowed the Central Division leaders to go on a 16-4 run to open the third quarter. With the loss, Milwaukee (7-11) dropped to 0-6 when playing without leading rebounder Andrew Bogut, who is expected to miss eight to 12 weeks because of a broken left ankle.

"We played as hard as possible on both ends of the court," said Drew Gooden, who replaced Bogut in the starting lineup. "But that wasn't our best basketball. We know that."

Gooden had 23 points, 15 rebounds and six assists, while Brandon Jennings scored a team-best 25 to surpass 20 in a career-high sixth consecutive game.

Jennings had 31 points during last season's visit from the Lakers, while Gooden contributed 22 points and 13 rebounds. Both players were inactive during the win in Los Angeles.

Bryant, meanwhile, has at least 30 points in each of his last three visits to Milwaukee and his 33.3-point average at the Bradley Center is his second-best in an opponent's building over the last four seasons. He's averaged 40.3 points at New York's Madison Square Garden over that span.


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Probable Starters
  Lakers    
  #9 Barnes SF #6 Delfino  
  #16 Gasol PF #12 Mbah a Moute  
  #17 Bynum C #6 Gooden  
  #24 Bryant SG #9 Livingston  
  #2 Fisher PG #3 Jennings  



Lakers Kobe Bryant
(torn lunotriquetral ligament, right wrist) is probable.
Josh McRoberts
(sprained left big toe and left thumb) is probable.
Steve Blake
(costochaondral fracture) is out.

Andrew Bogut
(Left ankle sprain) out



Game 1: 01/27


GAME NOTES

SEASON & SERIES NOTES; CONNECTIONS
The Lakers split last season’s series with Milwaukee 1-1 after sweeping both the 2008-09 and 2009-10 season series with the Bucks 2-0. This will be the 122nd meeting between the two teams, with the Lakers holding a 77-44 all-time series advantage. In their last 10 games against Milwaukee, the Lakers are 6-4 against the Bucks but have won six of their last seven overall. The Lakers are 9-3 all-time against the Bucks at STAPLES Center (16-3 in their last 19 home games vs. Milwaukee). In Milwaukee, the Lakers are 8-2 in their last 10 games. In their most recent meeting with Milwaukee 12/21/10 at STAPLES Center, the Lakers had their six-game win streak against the Bucks snapped, scored a series-low 79 points (surpassing the old record of 81 points that stood since 11/26/69 at MIL) and Kobe Bryant was ejected after receiving his second technical foul with 2:07 remaining in the game. On 1/1/10, the Lakers held Milwaukee to a series-low 77 points, surpassing the old mark of 82 established 2/25/73. In 27 games including 24 starts against Milwaukee, Kobe Bryant is averaging 24.0 points against the Bucks. Additionally, Bucks forward Mike Dunleavy Jr. is the son of former Lakers head coach Mike Dunleavy Sr. as well as a former Lakers ball boy. Bucks forward Luc Richard Mbah a Moute played collegiately at UCLA. Both Bucks forward Stephen Jackson and guard Brandon Jennings played their prep basketball at Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Virginia, where Lakers guard Steve Blake also played his prep basketball and graduated fourth in his class prior to attending the University of Maryland. Blake played 33 games (two starts) in Milwaukee to start the 2006-07 season, averaging 3.6 points, 1.4 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 17.7 minutes before being traded to Denver in exchange for Earl Boykins 1/11/07. Bucks forward/center Drew Gooden played three seasons (2005-08) under Lakers head coach Mike Brown in Cleveland. Lakers assistant coach Darvin Ham played three of his eight NBA seasons in Milwaukee (1999-02), averaging career highs in points (5.1), rebounds (4.9) and minutes (22.6) during the 1999-00 season.


BRYANT APPROACHES PAIR OF FRANCHISE MILESTONES
Entering the Lakers January 28th game at Milwaukee, Kobe Bryant is now just 13 field goals made shy of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s franchise record (9,935 FGM) and only three free throws made shy of Jerry West’s franchise record (7,160 FTM). Bryant (9,922 FGM / 7,157 FTM) already holds Lakers franchise records for points, games played, minutes played, field goals attempted and three-point field goals made and attempted while ranking second in steals and free throws attempted and third in assists.


BACK-TO-BACK
Saturday’s game at Milwaukee is the first of a back-to-back set with the Bucks and Timberwolves. The Lakers first road/road back-to-back this season came last week when they traveled to the Sunshine State and faced Miami and Orlando, going 0-2 in those games. This year, the Lakers will play 18 sets of back-to-back games and one set of back-to-back-to-back games. Last year, the Lakers played an NBA-low 15 sets of back-to-back games, equaling the franchise record set in the team’s first ever NBA season (1948-49). While 20 of the team’s 66 games (30%) will come without the benefit of a day’s rest, the Lakers are only scheduled for one back-to-back-to-back set of games; other NBA teams have as many as three back-to-back-to-back sets on the year.

2011-12 BACK-TO-BACK RECORDS
2010-11 BACK-TO-BACK RECORDS
Home/Road:
4-2
First Game:
3-0
Second Game:
1-2
Home/Road:
14-2
First Game:
7-1
Second Game:
7-1
Road/Home:
1-1
First Game:
0-1
Second Game:
1-0
Road/Home:
1-1
First Game:
0-1
Second Game:
1-0
Road/Road:
0-2
First Game:
0-1
Second Game:
0-1
Road/Road:
7-5
First Game:
3-3
Second Game:
4-2

Home/Road/Home:
1-2
First Game:
0-1
Second Game:
0-1
Third Game:
1-0

THE CENTURY MARK
Having gone 7-5 in their last 12 games, the common denominator in each contest, win or lose, is that the Lakers have scored fewer than 100 points. The last time the Lakers scored fewer than 100 points in 12 consecutive games came during the 2003-04 season when Los Angeles went 12 games from 1/12/04 - 2/2/04 without hitting triple digits; the longest streak in franchise history since the introduction of the shot clock prior to the 1954-55 season. The Lakers went 6-6 during the stretch of games, eventually scoring 111 points in a 111-106 overtime victory 2/4/04 at Cleveland. The Lakers finished that season with a 98.2 point per game scoring average while limiting their opponents to 94.3 points per game, ultimately winning the West before falling to the Pistons in the 2004 NBA Finals. The 98.2 ppg scoring average is the lowest for a Lakers team in the Los Angeles era. In the shot clock era, only the 1954-55 Lakers have averaged fewer points per game in a season (95.6 ppg). Additionally, the only other Lakers 10-game run without scoring at least 100 points in a game came in 2002 (11/3/02 – 11/22/02), with the Lakers going 3-7 during that stretch.


BUMP IN THE ROAD
While opening the season with a 9-1 mark at home, the Lakers are now 1-5 in away games this season, their worst road start since the 2002-03 season, when they opened the season 1-8 on the road, playing their first seven road games without injured center Shaquille O’Neal, who was sidelined after having toe surgery. That season marked their worst one-win road record since the team moved to Los Angeles. The 1958-59 Minneapolis Lakers also started the season with a 1-8 road record, after the 1957-58 Minneapolis Lakers started the season with a franchise worst 1-15 road record. This season, the Lakers were 0-3 on the road before earning an overtime victory at Utah on January 11. The Lakers last opened a season with three consecutive road losses in 1995-96, eventually falling to 0-4 away from home before earning their first road win. Since the end of neutral site games prior to the 1973-74 season, the Lakers have now opened their schedule with three or more consecutive road losses five times: 2011-12 (0-3), 1995-96 (0-4), 1993-94 (0-6), 1984-85 (0-4) and 1978-79 (0-4).


GASOL 10TH FOREIGN BORN PLAYER TO REACH 14,000-POINT MILESTONE
With a free throw at the 3:54 mark in the second quarter 1/20/12 at Orlando, Pau Gasol became the 10th foreign born player to reach 14,000 points during an NBA career. Only nine other foreign born players have reached the 14,000 career point milestone (active players career totals on 1/20/12): Hakeem Olajuwon (26,946 / Nigeria), Dominique Wilkins (26,668 / France), Patrick Ewing (24,815 / Jamaica), Dirk Nowitzki (23,072 / Germany), Tim Duncan (21,854 / U.S. Virgin Islands), Rolando Blackman (17,623 / Panama), Steve Nash (16,073 / South Africa), Kiki Vandeweghe (15,980 / Germany) and Detlef Schrempf (15,761 / West Germany).


BRYANT NEARING SHAQUILLE O’NEAL FOR 5th ON NBA’S ALL-TIME SCORING LIST
Last season, Kobe Bryant moved past Hall-of-Famers Moses Malone (27,409) 3/8/11 at Atlanta, Elvin Hayes (27,313) 2/27/11 at Oklahoma City, Hakeem Olajuwon (26,946) 1/28/11 vs. Sacramento, Oscar Robertson (26,710) 1/7/11 vs. New Orleans, Dominique Wilkins (26,668) 1/4/11 vs. Detroit and John Havlicek (26,395) 12/10/10 at Chicago on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. Next on the all-time list ahead of Bryant (28,441) are Shaquille O’Neal (5th/28,596), Wilt Chamberlain (4th/31,419), Michael Jordan (3rd/32,292), Karl Malone (2nd/36,928) and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (1st/38,387). Among the top six scorers in NBA history, five have worn the Lakers uniform.

Bryant has been steadily moving up the list over the past few years. In 2009-10, he passed Alex English (25,613), Reggie Miller (25,279), Jerry West (25,192), Patrick Ewing (24,815) and Allen Iverson (24,368). In passing West with a slam dunk at the 4:14 mark of the third quarter February 1, 2010 at Memphis, finishing the game with 44 points (West’s retired number), Bryant became the leading scorer in Lakers franchise history. In 2008-09, Bryant passed Gary Payton (21,813) and Hall-of-Famers Charles Barkley (23,757), Robert Parish (23,334), Adrian Dantley (23,177), Elgin Baylor (23,149), Clyde Drexler (22,195) and Larry Bird (21,791).







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