NBA regular season

Bucks end skid, beat Lakers in Drummond’s brief debut

Bucks end skid, beat Lakers in Drummond’s brief debut

SHOWDOWN. Bucks main man Giannis Antetokounmpo (left) gets fouled by Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma in second-half action.

Photo by Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports/Reuters

The Bucks hack out a commanding win as new Lakers center Andre Drummond exits early due to a toe contusion

The Milwaukee Bucks ended a three-game losing streak, getting a game-high 28 points from Los Angeles-area native Jrue Holiday while defeating the host Los Angeles Lakers, 112-97, on Wednesday, March 31 (Thursday, April 1, Manila time).

Giannis Antetokounmpo finished with 25 points and 10 rebounds, Khris Middleton added 17 points and 8 assists, and Holiday also chipped in 8 rebounds and 6 assists for the Bucks.

The Lakers lost in Andre Drummond‘s abbreviated team debut. The newly acquired big man scored 4 points, 1 rebound and 2 assists in 14 minutes before exiting due to a right big toe contusion.

Montrezl Harrell led Los Angeles with 19 points. He was followed by Dennis Schroder (17 points, 8 assists), Kyle Kuzma (16 points, 7 rebounds) and Markieff Morris (15 points).

Giannis Antetokounmpo and brother and teammate Thanasis Antetokounmpo were joined on the floor at the end of the game by the Lakers’ Kostas Antetokounmpo, becoming just the second trio of brothers to appear in the same game in NBA history.

The Lakers led 30-24 after the 1st quarter, but Middleton scored 13 points in the 2nd quarter as the Bucks jumped to a 57-49 halftime lead and never trailed again.

Milwaukee held a 44-38 advantage in paint points and forced 22 Los Angeles turnovers, leading to 27 points by the Bucks.

Drummond started in place of Marc Gasol, who got his first time on the floor at the start of the 4th quarter.

However, Drummond did not start the second half. After entering the game at the 9:29 mark of the 3rd quarter, Drummond subbed himself out a minute and a half later, limping back to the locker room with his right shoe off.

The Lakers announced that X-rays on the toe injury were negative, but Drummond did not return to the game.

Los Angeles played without LeBron James for a seventh game this season, including the past 6, as he works to return from a right high ankle sprain. 

Along with James, LA’s other superstar, Anthony Davis, missed his 20th game in a row because of a right calf strain. Both remain out indefinitely.

The loss completed a 2-2 homestand for Lakers, who will head out for a seven-game road trip that begins Friday night in Sacramento. The Bucks play at Portland on Friday. –