Depleted Milwaukee Bucks batter champion Lakers in LA
LOS ANGELES: The NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers were left stunned and humiliated after being upset 9879 on their home court by the under-strength Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday.
Back in familiar surroundings after winning five of their last six games on the road, the Lakers were unable to maintain any consistency against a team missing pivotal point guard Brandon Jennings through injury. Earl Boykins scored a game-high 22 points off the bench for the Bucks, including four three-pointers, while guard John Salmons contributed 20 points and forward Ersan Ilyasova 17. It was an inspirational all-round performance by the visiting team, who were playing only their second game since Jennings was sidelined for at least four weeks with a broken left foot. "Each time we appeared to be teetering a little bit, we were able to make a series of big plays to extend the lead," Milwaukee head coach Scott Skiles told reporters after his team improved to 11-16.
"If you're going to come into this type of place and beat this type of team, you're going to need those types of plays. We wouldn't have won the game without Earl tonight." -Ap