(MILWAUKEE) — Larry Sanders scored 21 points and pulled down 13 rebounds to lead the Milwaukee Bucks past the Los Angeles Lakers, 113-103 on Thursday at the Bradley Center.
The Bucks (35-36) are in firm control of the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, but seemed to play with great energy against Los Angeles.
“Our attention to detail was a little bit better,” Bucks coach Jim Boylan said. “Larry was great, really active. There was a lot of communicating going on. We’ve been struggling lately, and when you struggle, you can get into your own little world, and that’s a bad place to be.”
Kobe Bryant scored 30 points for the Lakers (37-36), who hold a half-game lead for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Bryant left the arena with a crutch after suffering what the team called a bone spur.
Brandon Jennings added 20 points for the Bucks.
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Madison Park, Keith Allen and Andreas Preuss, CNN