Los Angeles: Eric Bledsoe scored 31 points, Malcolm Brogdon added 21 points, and the Milwaukee Bucks held off the Los Angeles Lakers 131-120 on Friday night for their eighth consecutive victory and 10th in a row on the road.
The NBA’s best team had its hands full for much of the fourth quarter, when the game was tied six times over the final seven minutes.
Bledsoe’s basket tied it for the last time at 118-all. That launched a game-ending 15-2 run with all but four of the points scored by Bledsoe and Brogdon.
Rajon Rondo and LeBron James had turnovers during the Bucks’ spurt.
Giannis Antetokounmpo was held to 16 points — below his 27-point average — and 15 rebounds for Milwaukee.
Brandon Ingram and James scored 31 points each. James had 10 assists. Rondo added 20 points.
James and Rondo combined to score 15 straight points during a stretch in the fourth that drew the Lakers to a 113-all tie. But Los Angeles scored just seven points the rest of the game.
Ingram powered the Lakers to their largest lead of the game, 79-67, with eight of their first 14 points to open the third. He had a highlight one-handed dunk over 7-foot Brook Lopez that brought the Lakers’ bench to its feet.