We broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 113-103 loss at Milwaukee:
Field-goal percentage for Milwaukee in the second half towards 60 points. The Bucks erased a small halftime deficit and a Lakers lead that was 13 at one point during the second quarter to snap a four-game skid. L.A.’s final lead was at 88-87 after a Steve Blake triple, but the home team went on a 17-4 run over the next four-and-a-half minutes to put the game out of reach.
Fastbreak points for Milwaukee, although the Lakers had 19 of their own. Many of these points came off 18 Los Angeles turnovers, which the Bucks turned into 22 points. Eight of the 18 miscues came in the third quarter when the home team outscored the visitors 29-21 and took a 5-point lead into the fourth.
Dunks for Larry Sanders, as he tied a career-high with 21 points, to go along with 13 rebounds and two blocked shots. The VCU product recorded 13 points and five boards on 6 of 7 field goals in the third, almost single-handedly spurring the Bucks’ rally.
Number of points Kobe Bryant is shy of – five from passing – tying Wilt Chamberlain for No. 4 all-time on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. Bryant shot just 6 of 17 field goals, but converted on 18 of 20 free throws towards a game-high 30 points.
The Lakers remain ahead of Utah for the No. 8 seed in the West, but are tied with the Jazz in the loss column. They are 1.5 games ahead of Dallas, with an April 2 matchup at Staples looming.
Minutes for Steve Nash in the fourth quarter after having back and hamstring problems. Nash had a strong second quarter with 14 points (4 of 5 FG’s, 5 of 5 FT’s) and three assists, but struggled in his seven third-quarter minutes (three turnovers) before being pulled for good.