Game Recap: Lakers Snap Six Game Losing Streak Against Bucks

The Los Angeles Lakers are making their return to Staples Center for their first home game of December after a rough road trip where they lost seven of eight games. They will take on the Milwaukee Bucks, who just gave the Golden State Warriors their first loss of the season in their last game on the hardwood.

Jordan Clarkson is returning to the starting lineup after missing the past two games and Byron Scott will send a hot D’Angelo Russell to the bench.

Greg Monroe was scratched from the Bucks starting lineup after injuring his knee during pregame warmups, so the Lakers should take advantage of his absence in the paint.

First Quarter:

Jordan Clarkson was not shy in his return to the starting lineup, shooting five shots in the first three minutes but only converting one of them. The Lakers gave up easy layups in the paint on the defensive end, but Lou Williams hit a three on the other end to put the Lakers up 9-8 with 7:47 left in the first. Russell checked in for Clarkson with 6:04 remaining in the quarter and the Lakers trailed 11-14. Roy Hibbert took advantage with Greg Monroe sitting out, scoring seven points with five rebounds early in the game. After missing a layup, Russell intercepted a pass and scored right under the basket, putting the Lakers up 23-21 with 3:12 to go in the first. Kobe Bryant played the entire quarter, scored 10 points on four of six shooting, and the Lakers were up 30-25 after one.

Second Quarter:

Nick Young came out to start the second quarter and hit his first shot, a three-pointer, to put the Lakers up by six. Russell continued his aggressive play and delivered a beautiful no look pass to Randle for the dunk, giving him his third assist of the game. The Lakers had a defensive breakdown and allowed O.J. Mayo to knock down an open three and then let Michael Carter-Williams dunk in transition to complete a 7-0 run. The Lakers responded with a run of their own, outscoring the Bucks 12-2, putting the Lakers back on top 51-42 with 2:45 left in the half. The Lakers finished the half strong on a 16-6 run and led the Bucks 55-46.

Third Quarter:

The Lakers started the half strong and Larry Nance Jr. rose up for a one-handed slam dunk over John Henson to put them up by 13 points. Kobe continued his impressive play and he nailed a rainbow fadeaway jumper to give him 15 points on the evening. Halfway through the quarter Kobe nailed a three in transition plus the foul for a four-point play, putting the Lakers up by 18 points. Kobe continued to have a major impact on the game with back-to-back assists and the Lakers led 75-53 with 4:34 remaining in the third. With under a minute remaining in the quarter, Kobe danced around the perimeter and was fouled on a three-point attempt, giving him 22 points through three. Russell was fouled with 0.3 seconds remaining in the quarter and his two free throws put the Lakers up 86-66 at the end of the third quarter.

Fourth Quarter:

Russell continued to run the show and he found Nick Young in the corner for a three, and then nailed back-to-back threes to put the Lakers up by 21 points with 9:42 left in the game. Five minutes into the fourth, Russell intercepted a pass and sliced his way to the front of the rim for a finger roll to give him 17 points, and the Lakers led 100-81. A few minutes later Randle caught the ball in the paint and finished in traffic to give him 12 points along with his 13 boards in the game. The Bucks cut the Lakers lead down to 15 points with 3:34 left in the game, but Williams drew the foul on a three-point attempt and converted all three free throws. Russell helped seal the victory for the Lakers with a layup and an assist to Randle and the Lakers led by 20 with 2:20 left in the game. In their first game home since the road trip, Lakers win 113-95.

Everyone getting on the D’angelo Russell bandwagon. I been telling everyone to chill on calling him a bust. If he keeps playing like he’s been the past few games. He will win Rookie of the Year. & Kobe playing like this he might change his mind on retirement.

  • Finally a win. Those wins every now and then really lift spirits. I’m loving how Kobe has accepted his new role to fall back and shoot within the flow of the offense. I said he should start facilitating more too and he’s doing that as well. I know they still won’t win a lot of games I just hope they keep up the effort. The ball movement is so much better.

  • Still concerned about Randle. Dude never passes that damn ball and would rather bully into three defenders.

  • he’s just trying to get his shot up, kids still a rookie technically. he rebounds like a monster and can score in traffic at the rim, any assists he gets are gravy tbh

  • but kobe needs to retire though, better for him to go out playing well before it gets real bad than to keep playing and end up killing himself. Dude gave us 20 years of blood sweat and tears, he deserves his retirement

  • 47 points for the bench, D’R1 and the second unit were the difference makers today. The flow of the game was good as Scott seemed to sub adequately helping to maintain momentum.

  • He’s good on rebounds as that’s natural to him but he has to hit the open man. He bullied into three defenders when Russell was wide open for 3. It’s kinda frustrating to watch him on offense. Russell and Clarkson learned quickly so Randle needs to as well.

  • Lol. Yeah he’ll get better at passing the ball. When the defenses collapse on him in the paint.

  • i dont think its him not knowing, he can hit the open guy when he sees him, and he hit Dlo for a three tonight by drawing the defense, but it seems like ever since he was sent to the pine he is more reluctant to give the ball up cause he wants to prove he deserves his spot. Once his mod range shot comes i think the game will open up for him, and for this team cause it will make the floor so open for clarkson’s cuts and Dlo’s passes. MAN this team is gonna be so exciting for years now 🙂

  • yeah that and the team defence played by everyone! seemed like they were all hungry for some orange and helping each other out on D! so good to see the team play together

  • D Bustlle! Lol naw the kid had a good game looking more aggressive. Keep it up kid.

  • D’lo sitting at 10 on the rookie ladder as of the 9th Dec…ant wait to see how he rekts the rankings when its updated!

  • he’s had like 4-5 good games in a row now and he just keeps getting better, seems the game has finally clicked and slowed down for him

  • man we always knew russell would start to shine eventually he has too much talent not to! those bustell guys are nearly as bad as the lin guys from last year

  • Randle needs to go to practice & just shoot mid range jumpers nothing else. He will be a great player once that jumper comes. He’s versatile fast can get to the line. But teams know that’s all he wants to do now.

  • Great game Lakers. Russell played very well showed some of that court vision and passing. The team ball movement was a sight for very sore Laker eyes.

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