In their lone meeting of the regular season, the Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Milwaukee Bucks, 113-106.
Both teams would ride hot shooting in the first half. Los Angeles would shoot 47.7 percent (including 47.4 percent from three), while the Bucks boasted a 55.6 percentage. However, the Lakers would carry a 63-57 halftime advantage after Kentavious Caldwell-Pope swished a long, running 3-pointer as the buzzer sounded.
Milwaukee would keep things close throughout the third quarter, and stick around to really give the Lakers fits down the stretch. At one point, the Bucks would find themselves down by just two points. However, they just couldn’t get over that final hump. The Lakers’ hot shooting would send them across the finish line, and they’d leave Fiserv Forum with a 113-106 victory.
Stat That Stood Out
I have to go with the Lakers’ 3-point shooting. Numerous times during the night, I wondered if they’d ever miss again. Numerous players stepped up for them in this department, with Kentavious Caldwell-Pope contributing in a major role. He’d connect on seven threes on the evening, and LeBron James would be just one behind him with six — including a tough shot over Brook Lopez in the final minute. Plain and simple, it’s tough to win a ballgame when the opposing team shoots over 51.4 percent from beyond the arc.