The Los Angeles Lakers put up a hard fought game in a 107-103 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks, their fourth loss in a row and 49th of the season. Tensions flared in the third quarter, turning into ejections for D’Angelo Russell, Greg Monroe and Nick Young.
The Lakers put up a spirited effort from there, but as usual it was too little, too late. They once again gave up 60-plus points through the first half, burying themselves on defense just enough to keep this one out of reach.
Jordan Clarkson led the way in scoring, putting in a team-high 21 points. Both Young (16 PTS, 4-of-8 3P) and Russell (14 PTS, 4 STL) were having solid offensive games before the altercation flipped the script on defense for the Lakers.
Unsurprisingly the Bucks’ duo of wings dominated the game, with Giannis Antetokounmpo fouling out but putting up 26 points, eight rebounds, five assists and two blocks. His presence was felt all over the court. Khris Middleton was the game’s top scorer with 30 points, working inside and sticking his mid-range attempts.
This could have turned into one of the 30-point blowouts the Lakers have been fielding in
recent weeks all season, but they managed to hang onto some of the spark that triggered after Monroe, Young and the entire altercation broke out.
Young took exception to a hard foul by Malcolm Brodgon, shoving him in retaliation. Monroe immediately laid into Young, which triggered Russell to step in to shove Monroe in the back. The entire sequence was a mess, with so much going on we’ll have an entire piece with juicy Luke Walton quotes on it coming shortly.
Until then, this one’s in the books: