The last time the Lakers won against the Bucks in Milwaukee, Luke Walton was still a player on the 2010 team. So it seems almost fitting that in Walton’s first year as a coach, the Lakers were able to snap their winless streak against the Bucks with a 122-114 victory.
The Lakers started the first quarter like gangbusters. They scored a season-high 47 points in the opening quarter, shooting a scorching hot 81 percent from the field. Their shooting touch continued in the second quarter as they ended the first half 76-55.
After a subpar performance for the past two games, D’Angelo Russell had a decent showing on Friday. He finished the game scoring 14 points and dishing out 5 assists in only 26 minutes of play. Russell also played in the fourth quarter after the Bucks stormed back to make the game close. It was Russell’s first fourth quarter appearance in the last three games.
Nick Young had another stellar shooting performance. Young led the team with 26 points on only 11 shots. He shot 62.5 percent from deep, making 5 from that distance. Overall, Young shot a blazing 72 percent from the field.
Even though the Lakers had a tremendous shooting performance for the first three-quarters of the game, the Bucks were able to storm back in the fourth quarter. Unlike earlier in the season where the Lakers blew big leads late in the game, they were able to withstand the Bucks’ comeback run. Despite Giannis Antetokounmpo’s monster performance and career-high 41 points, it was nice to see the Lakers nab a victory in the end.
Despite losing their first two games on their Grammy trip, the Lakers were able to win two of their final three games on the road. The Lakers’ next game is on Tuesday against the Sacramento Kings.