In a highly anticipated game that did not feature Giannis Antetokounmpo or LeBron James, the Bucks would escape with a 115-101 victory and earn a series sweep of the Los Angeles Lakers.
It was a bit of a rollercoaster throughout, with the Bucks going up then coughing up the lead on numerous occasions. After leading by as many as 13 early on, they’d hold just a 61-58 halftime advantage.
Despite some brief runs, Los Angeles could never really be put away in the second half. Why? A guy named Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. Milwaukee had no answer, as he kept the Lakers right in the mix until about the three minute mark. Following an Eric Bledsoe 3-pointer, the Bucks never looked back and it was smooth sailing to the finish line.
All-Star Khris Middleton led the Bucks with 30 points, 10 rebounds, and five assists. Brook Lopez fell next in line in the scoring column, creating 28 points on 8-of-14 shooting and five 3-pointers. Nikola Mirotic had a strong performance with 23 points.
For Los Angeles, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope posted a game-high 35 points off the bench.
Stat That Stood Out
Usually, this goes to a Buck. But tonight, I have to give it to a Laker. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, man. That was fun. That second quarter sure was something. I always gauge a hot quarter with the Brandon Jennings meter. During his 55-point game against the Warriors, he dropped 29 in the third quarter. That’s how I define a scorching hot quarter. KCP would put in 21 during the second quarter, which measures in at a tick above hot. When it was all said and done, he’d finish with 35 points. Thankfully, it was all for naught in the end as the Bucks walked out with the victory.