Rapid Reaction: Bucks 113, Lakers 103
March, 28, 2013
By Dave McMenamin
MILWAUKEE -- Here's a quick look at how the Los Angeles Lakers failed to go 2-0 in a back-to-back for the 15th time in 15 tries, losing to the Milwaukee Bucks 113-103 on Thursday night at the BMO Harris Bradley Center:
How it happened: In a word? Turnovers. A night after giving it away 21 times and coming precariously close to blowing a game in Minnesota, the Lakers had 18 turnovers against the Bucks leading to 22 Milwaukee points. It was the one thing on coach Mike D'Antoni's mind before the game, too; that's the rough part. "We've got to find the energy necessary to maintain some concentration and not turn the ball over," D'Antoni said. "These guys are really good at turning you over and also leading into the open court. If we can stop that, get our defense set, then we'll be better."
They didn't do any of those things and they weren't any better.
What it means: With just nine games remaining in the regular season, L.A.'s lead over Utah for the eighth and final playoff spot in the West is down to just a half-game.
Hits: All five Lakers starters scored in double digits, led by Kobe Bryant's 30 points.
Misses: Bryant shot just 6-for-17, and Jodie Meeks shot 4-for-12, making his two-game shooting total 6-for-19 since filling in for the injured Metta World Peace in the starting lineup.
Dwight Howard shot 3-for-10 from the free throw line.
Stat of the game: The Lakers led by 13 points in the first half and ended the game down by 10.
What's next: The Lakers finish off their last multigame trip of the season Saturday in Sacramento. They'll try to salvage a 2-2 trip.