Lakers Vs. Bucks: L.A. Suffers Fourth Straight Road Defeat

The Lakers have lost seven of eight games on the road this season.

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NBA Standings 2012: Slumping Lakers Fall In Western Conference

The Los Angeles Lakers continued their road woes Saturday night with a 100-89 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks, the fourth consecutive road loss for the purple and gold. The Lakers are now just 1-7 on the road this season, which has hurt the Lakers in the Western Conference standings. If the season ended today, the Lakers would be on the outside looking in, watching the NBA playoffs from home.

Western Conference Standings
Rank Team Record Pct GB Streak
1 Oklahoma City* 16-3 .842 --- won 4
2 Denver 14-5 .737 2 won 6
3 LA Clippers* 10-6 .625 lost 1
4 Houston* 12-8 .600 won 2
5 Utah 11-7 .611 won 1
6 San Antonio 12-8 .600 lost 1
6 Dallas 12-8 .600 won 1
6 Portland 12-8 .600 won 1
9 LA Lakers 11-9 .550 lost 3
10 Memphis 10-9 .526 6 lost 1
11 Minnesota 9-10 .474 7 won 2
12 Phoenix 7-12 .368 9 won 1
13 Golden State 6-12 .333 lost 1
14 Sacramento 6-14 .300 10½ lost 4
15 New Orleans 4-15 .211 12 won 1
*Division leader; through games of January 28

If the Lakers are going to make any kind of noise in the playoffs this season, or even qualify for the postseason, they will need to improve on the road, and quickly. Seven of the Lakers' next eight games are away from home.

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Lakers Vs. Bucks Game Recap: By The Numbers

The Los Angeles Lakers suffered their latest road defeat on Saturday night, a 100-89 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks at the Bradley Center, the fifth loss in the last seven games overall for the Lakers. Here is a look back at Saturday's defeat, by the numbers.

0 — The number of victories this season for the Bucks in six previous games without center Andrew Bogut, who broke his last ankle on Wednesday and will miss two to three months. Make that one victory for the Bucks without Bogut.

1 — In eight games away from home this season, the Lakers have just one victory, the same number of road wins as the Washington Wizards, Charlotte Bobcats, Detroit Pistons, and Los Angeles Clippers this season.

1 — Milwaukee forward Stephen Jackson was suspended for Saturday's game against the Lakers for an altercation with a referee Friday night in Chicago, but the Bucks managed to fill in the gaps, especially with Ersan Ilyasova and Mike Dunleavy combining for 30 points on 13-for-17 shooting. "Defensively there was no excuse, (we’ve) got to do better. They were beating us all over the court," said Pau Gasol after the game.

2 — The number of days of rest in between games for the Lakers heading into Saturday, which presumably would have given them an advantage over the undermanned Bucks, who were playing the second night of back-to-back games and their third contest in four nights.

6, 18 — The number of made field goals and number of field goal attempts for Pau Gasol Saturday night, who is shooting just 43.5% in his last six games.

13 — The number of consecutive games the Lakers have scored under 100 points this season, the longest stretch they have had since the advent of the shot clock in the 1954-1955 season. The Lakers have scored 100 points just once in 20 games this season.

16.3%Metta World Peace made one of five shots from beyond the arc on Saturday night, which improved his three-point shooting percentage on the season. World Peace has made seven of 43 shots from long distance on the season.

17 — The number of unanswered points scored by the Bucks from the end of the first quarter into the second quarter, turning a 23-17 deficit into a 34-23 victory for Milwaukee. The Lakers never led again the rest of the game.

27 — Lakers rookie guard Andrew Goudelock followed up his 14-point effort on Wednesday against the Los Angeles Clippers with 13 more points in Milwaukee Saturday night, all a mere one night after getting hospitalized for dehydration. Goudelock hit 10 of 18 shots from the field in the last two games, including five of eight from three-point range.

7,163 — The number of free throws made by Kobe Bryant in his career, the most in Lakers franchise history. Kobe made six free throws against Milwaukee, passing Jerry West in the fourth quarter to set the record.

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NBA Scores And More: Washington Wizards Equal Los Angeles Lakers In Road Wins

Saturday night in the NBA featured six games on the schedule, including the Los Angeles Lakers opening a brief two-game road trip in Milwaukee. Kobe Bryant passed Jerry West for the most free throws made in Lakers franchise history, but the Lakers still lost to the Bucks 100-89, the seventh loss in eight road games for the Lakers this season.

That one road win by the Lakers is the same number as the lowly Washington Wizards, who entered Saturday with one fewer triumph away from home. However, JaVale McGee had 22 points, 10 rebounds, and five blocked shots on Saturday to help beat the Charlotte Bobcats 102-99, improving Washington's road record to 1-8 on the season.

Here are the other four Saturday games on the NBA schedule:

In summary, Saturday gave us six NBA games. Home teams were victorious in five of the six games, and the only road team that won happened to be the only team in the league without a road victory. Just another night in The Association.

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Lakers Vs. Bucks Final Score: Kobe Bryant Breaks Record, But Lakers Lose On Road Again 100-89

The Los Angeles Lakers continued a pair of disturbing trends on Saturday night at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee. They scored under 100 points for the 13th consecutive game, a franchise record in the shot clock era, and lost 100-89 to the Milwaukee Bucks. It was the fourth consecutive road loss for the Lakers, who fell to 1-7 away from home on the season.

The Lakers got as close as to within four points in the second half, but never closer. The Lakers snapped a three-game winning streak in Milwaukee. Drew Gooden scored 23 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead Milwaukee, who won for the first time in seven tries without injured center Andrew Bogut this season.

Kobe Bryant nearly had a triple-double with 27 points, nine assists, and eight rebounds, but the Lakers continued to have trouble on offense. Bryant scored 20 of his 27 points in the second half, and in the fourth period set a new Lakers franchise record for free throws made, passing Jerry West. Kobe has made 7,163 free throws in his career.

Pau Gasol tied a season high with 15 rebounds, but made just six of 18 shots from the field en route to his 12 points. Andrew Bynum had 15 points and nine rebounds for the Lakers, but was really a non-factor after a seven-point first quarter.

Rookie guard Andrew Goudelock, who spent Friday night in a Milwaukee hospital after suffering from dehydration, continued to impress on Saturday with 13 points in 23 minutes. That makes 27 points for the rookie in his last two games.

Ersan Ilyasova and Mike Dunleavy each scored 15 points off the bench for Milwaukee, and the two combined to make 13 of 17 shots from the field.

Bryant is three field goals shy of tying Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for the most field goals made in Lakers franchise history. The Lakers move on to battle the Minnesota Timberwolves in Minneapolis on Sunday night.

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Kobe Bryant Passes Jerry West For Most Free Throws Made In Lakers History

Kobe Bryant added another Los Angeles Lakers record to his résumé on Saturday night, battling the Milwaukee Bucks at The Bradley Center in Milwaukee. Bryant hit a free throw with 6:34 remaining in the fourth quarter on Saturday, giving him 7,161 free throws made in his career, passing Hall of Famer Jerry West for the top spot in Lakers franchise history. Bryant added two more free throws in the fourth quarter en route to scoring 27 points.

Most Free Throws Made, Lakers History
Rank Player Free Throws
1 Kobe Bryant 7,163
2 Jerry West 7,160
3 Elgin Baylor 5,763
4 Magic Johnson 4,960
5 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 4,305
6 George Mikan 3,068
7 Shaquille O`Neal 2,971
8 Vern Mikkelsen 2,969
9 Gail Goodrich 2,830
10 James Worthy 2,447
Source: Basketball-Reference.com

Eight of the top 10 in free throws made in Lakers history are in the Hall of Fame, with only time and eligibility holding back Bryant and Shaquille O`Neal.

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Lakers Vs. Bucks Game Score: L.A. Trails 51-43 At Halftime After 17-0 Milwaukee Run

Mike Dunleavy scored 10 points off the bench and led the Milwaukee Bucks on a 17-0 run that helped them take a 51-43 halftime lead over the Los Angeles Lakers at halftime Saturday night at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee. The Lakers came into Saturday night having lost three straight road games and are just 1-6 away from home this season.

The Lakers trailed by as many as 13 points in the second quarter, but ended the half on a 7-2 run to cut into the Milwaukee advantage.

Andrew Bynum had nine points, five rebounds, and two blocked shots in 18 minutes in the first half for the Lakers. Kobe Bryant scored seven points, had five rebounds, and six assists. Pau Gasol added six points and five rebounds for the Lakers, who shot 43.6% (17 for 39) in the first half.

Milwaukee scored the final 10 points of the first quarter, including five points from Ersan Ilyasova off the bench, to take a 27-23 lead. The Bucks then scored the first seven points of the second quarter to build an 11-point lead, but Andrew Goudelock was able to finally stop the 17-0 run with a three-pointer for the Lakers with 9:43 remaining in the second quarter.

The Lakers outrebounded Milwaukee 25-17 in the first half, and limited the Bucks to just two offensive rebounds.

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Lakers Vs. Bucks: Starting Lineups

The Los Angeles Lakers look for their second straight win Saturday night as they hit the road to face the Milwaukee Bucks at the Bradley Center. This is the first of two road games in two nights for the Lakers, who return home Sunday night after their brief road trip. Here are the starting lineups for Saturday night's contest:

Lakers (11-8)

Point Guard: Derek Fisher

Shooting Guard: Kobe Bryant

Small Forward: Matt Barnes

Power Forward: Pau Gasol

Center: Andrew Bynum

Bucks (7-11)

Point Guard: Shaun Livingston

Shooting Guard: Brandon Jennings

Small Forward: Carlos Delfino

Power Forward: Luc Mbah a Moute

Center: Drew Gooden

Milwaukee is without center Andrew Bogut, who will miss two to three months with a broken left ankle, and Stephen Jackson, who was suspended for one game for arguing with an official after Friday's loss in Chicago.

Saturday night's 5:30 p.m. PST contest will be televised by KCAL. For more news and information on Lakers basketball, be sure to read Silver Screen and Roll.

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Lakers Vs. Bucks: No Andrew Bogut (Ankle), Stephen Jackson (Suspension) For Milwaukee

The Los Angeles Lakers are in desperate need of a road victory, having lost six of their seven contests away from home this season. On Saturday night at the Bradley Center, the Milwaukee Bucks just might be the team to provide that opportunity for the Lakers. Both Andrew Bogut and Stephen Jackson are out for the Bucks, leaving them without two of their top three scorers.

Bogut fractured his left ankle Wednesday in Houston, and is expected to miss eight to 12 weeks. Milwaukee is 7-5 this season with Bogut, who is averaging 11.3 points, 8.3 rebounds, and 2.0 blocks per contest this season, and 0-6 without their Australian center.

Jackson, averaging 12.8 points in 17 games this season, was suspended for one game by the NBA for "verbal abuse of a game official and failure to leave the court in a timely manner" at the end of Friday night's 107-100 road loss to the Chicago Bulls at United Center.

The absence of Bogut and Jackson leaves the Bucks with only one player scoring in double figures this season, in Los Angeles native Brandon Jennings, who is averaging 20.4 points per contest this season. Drew Gooden is the second-leading active scorer for Milwaukee this season, at 9.4 points per game.

Saturday night's 5:30 p.m. PST contest will be televised by KCAL. For more news and information on Lakers basketball, be sure to read Silver Screen and Roll.

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Lakers Vs. Bucks: Game Time, TV Info And More

The Los Angeles Lakers begin the road-heavy portion of their schedule on Saturday night, facing the Milwaukee Bucks at Bradley Center. Here are the relevant details of Saturday night's contest:

Records: Lakers (11-8, including 1-6 on the road), Bucks (7-11, including 4-2 at home)

Location: The Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Time: 5:30 p.m. PST

TV: KCAL, with Bill Macdonald and Stu Lantz on the call

Offensive Efficiency: Lakers, 102.3 points per 100 possessions (16th in NBA); Bucks, 100.6 (21st)

Defensive Efficiency: Lakers, 100.1 (10th); Bucks, 102.9 (17th)

Recent Series History: The Lakers have beaten the Bucks in six of their last seven meetings overall, including each of their last three trips to Milwaukee. The Lakers are 8-2 in their last 10 games at the Bradley Center.

The Century Mark: The Lakers have scored under 100 points in each of their last 12 games, tied for the longest streak in franchise history in the shot clock era (since 1954-1955).

Road Woes: The Lakers are just 1-6 on the road this season, their worst road record to open a season since beginning the 2002-2003 season 1-8 away from home. In the 2002-2003 season, Shaquille O`Neal missed the first seven road games of the season after having toe surgery.

Tough Break: Milwaukee center Andrew Bogut fractured his left ankle on Wednesday night against the Houston Rockets, and is expected to miss two to three months. Look for Lakers pivot man Andrew Bynum to thrive in the middle.

Kobe Closing In: Kobe Bryant is nearing a pair of Lakers franchise records. He needs 14 field goals to pass Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for the most field goals in Lakers history, and just four free throws to pass Jerry West for the franchise record.

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Lakers Rookie Andrew Goudelock Hospitalized For Dehydration, Cleared To Play In Milwaukee

Los Angeles Lakers rookie Andrew Goudelock, who scored a career-high 14 points in Wednesday's win over the Los Angeles Clippers, spent Friday night in a Milwaukee hospital and was treated for dehydration, per Mike Trudell of NBA.com. However, the guard has been cleared to play Saturday night against the Milwaukee Bucks.

"I got real hot and I started sweating profusely. I knew something was up," Goudelock told Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles TImes.

Goudelock, a 6'3" guard whom the Lakers drafted in the second round of the 2011 NBA Draft out of the College of Charleston, made five of eight field goals on Wednesday against the Clippers en route to scoring 14 points in 20 minutes. It was the first game in which Goudelock played at least 10 minutes since the opening game of the season on Christmas against the Chicago Bulls.

In 11 games this season, Goudelock is averaging 2.2 points per contest while shooting 34.8% from the field.

Saturday night's 5:30 p.m. PST contest will be televised by KCAL. For more news and information on Lakers basketball, be sure to read Silver Screen and Roll.

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Kobe Bryant Closing In On Two More Lakers Records

Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers hit the road Saturday night to face the Milwaukee Bucks at the Bradley Center, and it figures to be a big weekend for franchise milestones for the Lakers shooting guard. With a big game Saturday in Milwaukee, Bryant could be atop the Lakers record book for both field goals made and free throws made.

Kobe has made 9,922 field goals in his career, 13 behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for the most in Lakers history. Bryant has made 13 or more field goals in eight of his last 13 games, and has averaged 11 field goals made per game this season.

Bryant has made 7,157 free throws, which is three behind Jerry West for the franchise lead. Bryant has made at least four free throws in 16 of 19 games this season, and has averaged 6.9 free throws per game.

Kobe already holds Lakers franchise records for seasons played (16), points (28,441), games (1,122), minutes (40,871), field goal attempts (21,833), three-point field goals made (1,440) and attempted (4,267), and is second in steals (1,676), 48 behind Magic Johnson.

At some point during the Lakers' Grammy road trip, Bryant will likely pass Shaquille O'Neal for fifth place on the NBA all-time scoring list. Bryant currently has 28,441 points in his career, 155 points behind O'Neal. Bryant leads the NBA in scoring this season at 30.2 points per game.

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Los Angeles Lakers Reportedly Interested In Gilbert Arenas

The L.A. Lakers and free agent point guard Gilbert Arenas have a "mutual interest", according to a report on Saturday morning from CBS Sports. Arenas, once an All-Star point guard out of the University of Arizona, has seen his career take a tumble with injuries and some poor choices off the court.

The Los Angeles Lakers have expressed interest in Gilbert Arenas, according to sources close to the situation. The 30-year-old is an unrestricted free agent after being amnestied by the Orlando Magic last month. No signing is imminent, but the Lakers have reached out to the veteran point guard.

League sources say that Arenas would love to join the Lakers. He grew up in Los Angeles and is interested in playing for his hometown team. He believes that he can contribute in Los Angeles' backcourt, which currently features an aging Derek Fisher, injured Steve Blake and inexperienced Darius Morris.

Arenas is reportedly in both good health and shape and would be able to contribute immediately for the Lakers. For a team that has had a banged up backcourt throughout the last few years, it may be worth the gamble on Arenas. It is unlikely he returns to the level he once played at with the Wizards, but he could become a formidable point guard to place alongside Kobe Bryant.

It does not look like anything is imminent, but this is definitely a story to keep an eye on.

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Lakers Vs. Bucks: L.A. Heads To Milwaukee Looking For Second Straight Win

The Lakers have lost six of seven games on the road this season.

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