Lakers Beat Bucks in Vegas Playoffs

Los Angeles Lakers v Los Angeles ClippersL.A.’s summer league squad earned the eighth seed out of 22 teams after going 2-1 in pool play, pitting them against the ninth-seeded Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday at 1:30 p.m. from Vegas.

We took some notes as the Lakers aimed to advance into the next round of the new playoff format:

FIRST QUARTER NOTES:
- Marcus Landry, who had played very well in leading the Lakers in scoring through the first three games, drained a three-pointer to make it a 14-12 lead. As head advanced pro scout Clay Moser said, shooting the triple is actually one of his best skills, impressive for a guy who plays aggressively like a undersized power forward.
- But it was the Bucks who got hot from three (Northwestern alum John Shurna hit consecutive triples) and elsewhere to finish the quarter with a 24-18 lead, thanks in part to lottery pick Drew Henson’s eight points and five boards.

Los Angeles Lakers v Los Angeles ClippersSECOND QUARTER NOTES:
- L.A. struggled on offense for much of the quarter, but was terrific on defense, and thus staying in the game despite as many as a nine-point deficit. Chris Douglas-Roberts was all over the place on the perimeter and Robert Sacre clogging the paint and contesting shots at the rim.
- The D continued to excel in the second, Milwaukee managing only seven points in the period, and shots started to drop for the purple and gold, enough to produce a 14-2 run and a 36-31 halftime advantage.

THIRD QUARTER NOTES:
- How do you build a seven-point lead while shooting 34 percent from the field? Defense. The Lakers continued to contest everything, with Landry and Elias Harris joining Lester Hudson, CDR and Sacre’s consistent activity.
- Lazar Hayward didn’t play in the first half, but put up five quick points in the third period to help keep the Lakers in front. Milwaukee, however, did find its range on offense once L.A.’s starters sat down, rallying to tie the game at 52 before a buzzer-beating put-back from Landry put L.A. up two heading into the fourth.

FOURTH QUARTER NOTES:
- The third triple from Landry got the lead back for L.A., at 57-56, after Henson continued to play well for Milwaukee. Yet the Lakers starters would be returning shortly, and they’d had little trouble controlling the game. Would it continue towards a win?
- Indeed it would. A key defensive play from CDR and resulting and-1 from Sacre secured the lead in the final moments, with a 72-68 final score line vaulting the 3-1 Lakers into the semi finals.

Sacre finished with 16 points and eight boards, Landry 18 points and six boards, and Douglas-Roberts seven points with his game-best +14.