NBA wrap: Bucks hand Lakers fourth consecutive loss

The Bucks put the Lakers into an even deeper hole Tuesday.

Los Angeles fell to Milwaukee, 115-101, making its postseason dreams all the more unrealistic. It was the Lakers’ fourth straight loss.

The Bucks entered the matchup coming off of a loss to the 76ers, but handled the opposition without Giannis Antetokounmpo, who sat with an ankle injury.​ LeBron James also didn’t play in the contest, as he was dealing with a sore left groin.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope was the unlikely star of the night, pouring in a game-high 35 points for the Lakers off the bench.

Milwaukee was led by Khris Middleton, who contributed 30 points and 10 rebounds.

The Lakers look even more unlikely to make the playoffs now as the Bucks continue to assert themselves as a dominant force. 

The Eastern Conference-leading Bucks will face Cleveland on Wednesday while the Lakers will host the Nets on Friday.

Studs of the Night

James Harden tallied 31 points, eight rebounds and 10 assists in Houston’s 121-105 triumph over Atlanta.

Ben Simmons recorded a game-high 28 points, eight rebounds and five assists to help the 76ers top the Hornets, 118-114.

Stephen Curry scored a game-high 36 points as Golden State took down Minnesota, 117-107.

D’Angelo Russell scored 27 of his career-high 44 points in the fourth quarter of Brooklyn’s 123-121 comeback victory over the Kings.

Dud of the Night

Mike Muscala scored two points on 1-of-6 shooting in the Lakers’ loss to the Bucks.

Landry Shamet scored six points on 2-of-8 shooting, but the Clippers claimed a 115-109 victory over the Pacers.

Highlights

Sacramento’s De’Aaron Fox threaded the needle with a perfect bounce pass to Buddy Hield against Brooklyn.

Andrew Bogut executed an effortless behind-the-back pass to find a wide open Stephen Curry under the basket in his second game back with the Warriors.

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson sealed a win for the Nets with a circus shot at the rim over a Kings defender.

What’s Next?

Celtics (43-28) at 76ers (46-25) 7 p.m. ET — Boston and Philadelphia are some of the most dangerous teams in the Eastern Conference. The Celtics sit in fifth in the standings while the 76ers have ascended to third. But, Boston seems to have Philly’s number in head to head matchups.