Lakers Struggle In Milwaukee, Lose 100-89 To Bucks
MILWAUKEE (AP) –-Drew Gooden scored 23 points and the undermanned Milwaukee Bucks made sure the Lakers’ road struggles continued, beating Los Angeles 100-89 on Saturday night.
Kobe Bryant scored 27 for the Lakers, who are 1-7 on the road this season.
Ersan Ilyasova and Mike Dunleavy added 15 points each for the Bucks, who managed to beat the Lakers without two of their best players.
Already scrambling to compensate for the long-term absence of injured center Andrew Bogut, the Bucks found themselves without guard/forward Stephen Jackson on Saturday because of an NBA suspension.
Bryant made six free throws to break Jerry West’s franchise record for free throws made. Coming into Saturday’s game, Bryant needed three makes to tie West’s mark of 7,160.
Bryant also came closer to becoming the Lakers’ career leader in field goals made. He was 10 of 21 from the floor Saturday, leaving him three short of the 13 field goals he needed to tie Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s franchise record of 9,935 field goals made.
Even without Bogut and Jackson, the Bucks were in control most of the way. Ilyasova hit a jumper at the horn to end the third quarter, and the Bucks took an 80-73 lead into the fourth.
The Bucks led 85-76 after an inside score from Ilyasova with just under eight minutes left, but Bryant scored five straight points to cut the lead to four.
But Luc Richard Mbah a Moute hit a jumper, then Gooden scored on a turnaround hook shot and hit a pair of free throws to run the lead back to 91-81.
Andrew Bynum scored inside, but Dunleavy hit a long jumper to give the Bucks a 93-83 lead with just over two minutes left.
After Bryant made a pair of free throws, Dunleavy drilled a 3-pointer to put the game away with 1:24 left.
The Bucks managed the beat the Lakers without Jackson, whose suspension was announced a few hours before the game.
The NBA suspended Jackson one game for verbal abuse of a game official and failure to leave the court in a timely manner at the end of the Bucks’ 107-100 loss at Chicago on Friday night.
It’s another rough moment for Jackson, who was benched by coach Scott Skiles in the Bucks’ Jan. 20 game at the New York Knicks.
Bogut, meanwhile, fractured his left ankle in Wednesday’s game at Houston and is expected to miss eight to 12 weeks – a crushing blow for Milwaukee.
Without Bogut, the undersized Bucks faced a tough test from the Lakers’ pair of 7-footers: Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum.
But they held their ground on defense early on, taking a 51-43 lead at halftime. The Bucks forced the Lakers into 10 turnovers in the first half, and limited Gasol to six points on 3 for 10 shooting.
Gasol finished the game with 12 points and 15 rebounds, but was 6 for 18 from the floor.
Lakers rookie guard Andrew Goudelock scored 13 points despite being hospitalized for dehydration overnight. Goudelock was coming off his best performance of the year, having scored a career-high 14 points against the Clippers on Wednesday.