The streak is intact! The Lakers had not lost three in a row since the trade for Gasol but that was in jeopardy facing Milwaukee at home on Sunday. Even without Gasol in the lineup for the fourth straight game, the Lakers managed to beat the Bucks 95-77.
For those wanting to see the offensive prowess of Kobe Bryant and Brandon Jennings, they were sorely disappointed. Bryant's shooting woes continued as he was held to a season-low 12 points on four of 21 shooting. In the past three games Bryant has shot 32% from the field. Jennings, who has fallen off considerably since his hot start to the season, was almost as bad as Kobe. Jennings hit four of 17 shots and finished with just 10 points.
The Lakers defense stepped up in the first quarter to give them an early lead they would never relent. Despite poor shooting, the Lakers led 24-8 at the end of the first. The Lakers defense finally played well early. They were much more aggressive and forced some bad shots by the Bucks. But the story was about the Bucks' futility on the offensive end - especially from their starting lineup. As a team they shot 34% but their starting five shot 25% and scored just 24 points.
Leading the Lakers was Andrew Bynum and the bench. Bynum scored 17 points and had a career-high 18 rebounds. Off the bench, Shannon Brown had a team-high 19 points while Jordan Farmar added 17. In what turned out to be an extremely boring game, Brown added a bit of excitement. He hit a half-court buzzer-beater to end the third and in the fourth had two blocks on one possession.
The Lakers have back-to-back games in Texas against the Spurs on Tuesday followed by the Mavericks.Game Notes: Michael Redd went down with a left knee injury in the second quarter. Redd tore his ACL in the same knee last January and was out the rest of the season.