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FSM Recap: Lakers vs Bucks – Game 72 – 2023

Los Angeles Lakers (40-32) | Milwaukee Bucks (46-26)


It was the Lakers vs the Bucks from the Fiserv Forum on Tuesday evening. Anthony Davis led the way again as the Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Milwaukee Bucks, 128-124, in a double-overtime thriller.


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The Los Angeles Lakers secured one of their best wins of the season with their 128-124 double-overtime victory over the Milwaukee Bucks. They improved to 40-32 and 6-4 without LeBron James this season. 

The ninth-seeded Lakers (40-32) are now only two games back of the eighth-seeded Suns (42-30) and hold the head-to-head tiebreaker.

Anthony Davis dominated with 34 points (12-of-31 FGs, 3-of-8 3s, 7-of-7 FTs), 23 rebounds, and four blocks in 52 minutes of playtime. 

Davis is the first Laker to play 52 minutes since Kobe Bryant in 2012, when Bryant had 34 points in a double overtime win over the Memphis Grizzlies.

Austin Reaves had his second career triple-double with 29 points (10-of-20 FGs, 4-of-11 3s, 5-of-6 FTs), 14 rebounds, and ten assists in 47 minutes as the Lakers won their fourth straight despite trailing by 19 points in the fourth quarter and never leading in regulation.

A 20-point lead in this league now, it’s nothing because of the way the offense is right now in the league, so high-powered that you can wipe away a lead pretty fast,” Davis said.

D’Angelo Russell also had a significant impact on this game with 29 points (7-of-22 FGs, 5-of-12 3s, 10-of-10 FTs), seven rebounds, and 12 assists.

For the Bucks:

Giannis Antetokounmpo finished with a triple-double of 29 points (14-of-25 FGs, 1-of-6 FTs), 21 rebounds, 11 assists, three blocks, and seven turnovers.

Damian Lillard had 27 points (9-of-29 FGs, 3-of-14 3s, 6-of-7 FTs), five rebounds, and eight assists.

Former Laker Malik Beasley put up 21 points (8-of-18 FGs, 5-of-14 3s).

We’ve got to watch this game, learn from this game,” Antetokounmpo said. “Watch why we weren’t able to get a stop. Watch why the ball wasn’t moving down the stretch. Watch why we lost the game. Watch why there was a lot of 50-50 balls, and we weren’t able to get them.”


Lakers vs Bucks First Quarter:


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Los Angeles needed to make jump shots to give themselves a chance against the Bucks, but they started 0-for-6 from the perimeter, as they trailed 6-2 to start in Milwaukee. The Lakers couldn’t have started their road trip any colder, getting only one make in 10 attempts to trail 12-2.

Los Angeles couldn’t find a rhythm on offense throughout a rough first quarter with LeBron James in street clothes, hitting only 7-of-25 FGs (0-for-6 from 3) and trailing the Bucks 32-16. Meanwhile, Milwaukee hit 4-of-9 triples.


Lakers vs Bucks Second Quarter:


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The Lakers trimmed what was as much as a 19-point deficit down to eight at 39-31 midway through the second. However, the Bucks continued their dominance, as Los Angeles trailed 49-40 with 2:38 left in the second.

Poor clock management from the Lakers in the final minute of the first half helped the Bucks push their lead back to 16 after Los Angeles had trimmed it to as few as six midway through the period.

The Lakers weren’t sharp, shooting only 33.3 percent in the first half, with Russell, Reaves, and Spencer Dinwiddie combining to go 3-for-16.


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A pair of offensive rebounds from Reaves led to a pair of Russell 3s early in the third, and Russell added his third triple of the period at the 9:01 mark to force a Bucks time-out with Los Angeles down eight.


Lakers vs Bucks Fourth Quarter and OTs:


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The Lakers were within five behind a 16-2 run capped by back-to-back layups from Reaves and a three from Davis, with Bucks coach Doc Rivers calling for a timeout at the 4:34 mark of the fourth. Los Angeles was down 19 with 7:59 left at 94-75, but it was now 96-91.

Davis labored throughout the fourth after banging knees with Khris Middleton earlier in the fourth period, but he battled through it.

Los Angeles outscored Milwaukee 27-13 in the fourth. Reaves nearly beat the buzzer in Milwaukee, but with his near miss, the Lakers headed to overtime.

A third three since the start of the fourth quarter from Davis and Dinwiddie’s first 3 of the game (and first made shot) had Los Angeles up 3 in overtime.

Lillard and Reaves exchanged some foul-drawing craft in the final moments, with Lillard getting a 3-shot foul and Reaves a 2-shot foul. Lillard then put the Bucks up two with a corner 3 and 13.6 seconds to play.

Los Angeles held Antetokounmpo to just four points in the fourth and overtime as the Bucks went more to their perimeter players. Milwaukee trusted their most prominent guard to win it all. However, Davis swatted Lillard at the rim to force a second overtime. 

Russell, Reaves, and Dinwiddie had critical free throws down the stretch, with Dinwiddie’s two tying the game with 1:10 to play.

After a three from Reaves put the Lakers up 124-121, Antetokounmpo missed a pair of free throws with 22.3 seconds left.

Davis drilled two free throws to put Los Angeles up four with 1.7 seconds left, setting the Lakers up for perhaps their best win of the season, in which they trailed by 19 early in the fourth, all without James.


The Los Angeles Lakers will now take on the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday, March 27th, at 5:00 pm PST. Thank you for visiting for your Las Vegas Sports news.


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