Jeremy Lin

Three wins in a row – Team Tank must be furious.

For those still rooting for the Lakers to make the most out of this season, however, the last week has been a fun one to witness. Kobe Bryant and Byron Scott’s disdain aside, the team who has suffered weeks of losing has won three straight games.

The Milwaukee Bucks, coached by former Net under Byron Scott, Jason Kidd, came into tonight’s game with a 32-25 record. It’s not the most impressive record, relatively speaking (i.e. Golden State Warriors), but it’s good enough in the Eastern Conference.

The Lakers started the game well enough, getting up to a 10-point lead in the first quarter, but the Bucks took the lead with 4:27 minutes left in the first half and took care of an 11-point advantage until the final quarter. In that fourth quarter, Wayne Ellington forgot about his 0-6 in the game and hit a three pointer that brought the Lakers to within a point. With five minutes left in the game, Ellington hit a layup that gave the home team the lead for good and they won, 101-93.


 

What Went Right

Ellington

Balance – Six Lakers scored in double figures tonight, led by Jordan Clarkson’s 16 points on 7-9 from the field. Add to that, his five assists, four rebounds, and singular turnover. The kid is learning in leaps and bounds.

 
Comeback Kids – Led by Ellington’s 14 fourth quarter points, the Lakers climbed up from a large deficit. Aside form that, he also grabbed six rebounds, handed out five assists The last time these two teams met in Milwaukee, the Lakers had a seven-point lead with about 40 seconds left in the game, and their inattention allowed the Bucks to catch up and take the victory. That wasn’t so this time around. The Lakers outscored the Bucks 36-21 in the fourth quarter on 61% shooting. Ellington hit 6-7 from the field.

 
Jeremy Lin – Lin’s stat line isn’t as impressive as some of his other teammates, but he had the highest +/- with +18. He scored 14 points, grabbed five rebounds and handed out six assists.


 

What Went Wrong

Johnson

Lost Lead – The Lakers this season, on quite a few occasions, have managed to get an early lead only to lose it in the second half. Tonight, they did lose the lead, but just like their most recent game in Utah, they managed to buckle down and play defense. That 36-21 barrage in the fourth quarter; that forced the Bucks into shooting just 21% from the field.

Next up are the Oklahoma City Thunder. Russell Westbrook is on an absolute tear, so this winning streak may come to an end on Sunday, but until then, just enjoy it – three wins in a row.

Box Score

 

 

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