LOS ANGELES (AP) – Earl Boykins scored a season-high 22 points, John Salmons added 20 and the short-handed Milwaukee Bucks stunned the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night, snapping the two-time defending champions’ five-game winning streak with a 98-79 victory.
Kobe Bryant scored 21 points and Pau Gasol added 15 points and 11 rebounds for the Lakers, who belly-flopped in their final tuneup before a Christmas visit from the Miami Heat.
Ersan Ilyasova scored 17 points for the Bucks, who had lost three straight and were down to nine healthy players against the Lakers, who had beaten them six straight times.
Yet with sturdy defense that held the Lakers to their franchise-low in points against the Bucks, Milwaukee jumped ahead early and finished the game on a 21-7 run.
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