Milwaukee Bucks (6-24) at Los Angeles Lakers (13-18), 10:30 p.m. (ET)
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Los Angeles Lakers will try to halt a five-game losing streak Tuesday night when they host the Milwaukee Bucks at the Staples Center.
The Lakers haven't won since Dec. 20, a home victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves. That was the Lakers first game without Kobe Bryant in the lineup and since, they've lost them all, including two in a row at home.
On Sunday, LA helped end the Philadelphia 76ers' 13-game road losing streak with a 111-104 setback. Pau Gasol missed yet another game with an upper respiratory ailment.
Nick Young, a former Sixer, led all scorers with 26 points on 6-of-21 shooting from the field, including just 2-of-11 from deep for LA. He did, however, shoot a perfect 12-for-12 from the foul line.
Jordan Hill and Shawne Williams each recorded double-doubles in defeat with Hill registering 18 points and 13 rebounds and Williams scoring 11 with 10 boards.
"We have to start playing better and get some wins." said Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni. "We have to battle. The biggest thing is keeping our guys' spirits up."
The Lakers have two more at home before hitting the road for three straight. They welcome the Utah Jazz and Denver Nuggets on this residency.
The Bucks have lost three in a row and eight of their last nine as they head west for three games. Milwaukee will also visit Utah and Phoenix.
Their most recent loss came Saturday night, at home to the Minnesota Timberwolves, 117-95.
Khris Middleton paced Milwaukee with 23 points, while O.J. Mayo and Brandon Knight scored 19 and 18 points, respectively, in defeat. Larry Sanders, starting in place of John Henson who sat with a sprained ankle, scored nine points with 10 rebounds for the Bucks
Henson did not travel with the team for this trip as Bucks head coach Larry Drew suggested that Henson will be sidelined "at least two weeks." Henson is averaging 12.4 points and a team-high 8.0 rebounds per game and ranks fifth in the league with 2.25 blocks per contest.
The Bucks and Lakers split last season's meetings and the Bucks have won three of the last four encounters. Milwaukee, which has lost four straight on the road, has dropped 17 of its last 20 as the visitor in this series.
Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Brandon Knight had a career-high 37 points with eight rebounds and four steals to lead the Milwaukee Bucks to a 94-79 win over the Los Angeles Lakers from Staples Center.
Ersan Ilyasova recorded a double-double with 15 points and 12 rebounds, while Luke Ridnour added 11 points in the win for the Bucks, who snapped a three- game losing skid.
Pau Gasol and Nick Young each donated 25 points in Los Angeles' season-high sixth straight loss.
Kendall Marshall finished with 10 points and seven assists in the loss.
The Bucks opened the game on a methodical 14-0 run over the first 6 1/2 minutes of the first quarter thanks in large part because the Lakers were 0- for-11 from the field. Ilyasova and Knight each scored six points in the run.
Gasol knocked down a jumper to get Los Angeles on the board at the 5:08 mark.
Milwaukee pushed the lead to 21-4 and led 23-12 heading into the second.
The Bucks maintained their double-digit lead for much of the second stanza, but LA scored the final five points of the quarter to cut the deficit to 42-33 at halftime.
Knight and Khris Middleton opened and closed a 12-4 surge with a pair of 3s late in the third quarter to give the Bucks their largest lead of the game, 72-50.
The Lakers, however, showed some fight and outscored the visitors 10-2 over the final 1:57 to trail 74-60 heading into the fourth.
Milwaukee scored the first six points of the fourth to take a 20-point lead, but Gasol scored six during an 8-0 run to pull back within 12, 80-68, at the midway point of the quarter.
Marshall then knocked down a 3 and Gasol hit 1-of-2 from the line as the Lakers crept back within nine.
The comeback was too late, however, as Ilyasova hit a layup with just over two minutes remaining to stretch the lead back to double figures.