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Sanders in top form as Bucks stop Lakers

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Sunday, March 31, 2013

MILWAUKEE - Larry Sanders scored 13 of his career-high 21 points in the third quarter as the Milwaukee Bucks rallied to beat the Los Angeles Lakers 113-103 in their NBA clash on Friday night.

Sanders was 8 of 11 from the floor and had 13 rebounds. Ersan Ilyasova and Brandon Jennings each had 20 points, Monta Ellis added 18, and Marquis Daniels had 16 to help the Bucks end a four-game losing streak.

Kobe Bryant led the Lakers with 30 points, leaving him four points behind Wilt Chamberlain (31,419) for fourth place on the NBA's career list. Dwight Howard had 15 points and 15 rebounds, and Steve Nash scored 16 points.

Following the loss, the Lakers revealed Bryant was suffering from a bone spur in his left foot. He left the arena using one crutch, but appeared to be walking without pain after his 36 minutes on court.

"Inflamed on me. I'll be all right," Bryant later told Yahoo Sports.

The Lakers are eighth in the Western Conference, a half-game ahead of Utah for the final playoff spot. Milwaukee is eighth in the Eastern Conference, seven games ahead of Philadelphia for the final spot.

Ellis scored eight points for Milwaukee during a late 12-3 run, making it 102-92 and when the Lakers turned it over on the next possession, Daniels raced down the court and dunked to make it 104-92 with 4:12 left. The Lakers never got closer than eight the rest of the way.

The Lakers' last gasp came early in the fourth. Antwan Jamison scored twice and Howard dunked in a miss to help the Lakers regain the lead at 83-82. The teams exchanged the lead four times before Jennings' 3-pointer at 8:23 put Milwaukee ahead for good.


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