NBA: Bucks went to the top of the Eastern Conference while Lakers lose against the Grizzlies

Bucks made it 15 wins in a row as Lakers without LeBron lost to the Grizzlies

(Basketball news) The Milwaukee Bucks consolidated their NBA league best record as they beat the Brooklyn Nets 118-106. For the Bucks, Giannis Antetokounmpo had 33 points and 15 rebounds as Jrue Holiday had 14 points and eight assists while Brook Lopez added 13 points and 10 rebounds and Khris Middleton had 18 points off the bench. For the Nets, Mikal Bridges led the scoring with 31 points as Spencer Dinwiddie had 26 points and eight assists, and Cam Johnson added 19 points and seven rebounds. Milwaukee Bucks extended their winning streak to 15 games as they have the best NBA record in the league.

I think the players adjusted,” Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said. “The challenge for those guys is to make good decisions, good reads and more often than not they’re going to do that. We didn’t in the first half, but you know, those guys figured it out.”

“Our approach at the beginning of the game was really good. We gave ourselves a chance at halftime,” Nets coach Jacque Vaughn said. “We’ve got to be able to sustain it.”

“I think we went 12-2 to start, and then they went back on a 10-0 run, and it felt like it was back to a 10-point game,” Budenholzer said. “The guys, to go on that run to finish the quarter (was) impressive.”

“I think we did a good job of trying to take (3-pointers) away from them as best as possible,” Holiday said. “Because we play defense so well, that kind of propelled our offense.”

“We weren’t in our shifts and transitions, not getting back as hard and then Giannis got it going, got to the line, got the and-one and dunking and got them going,” Bridges said.

The Los Angeles Lakers lost against the Memphis Grizzlies after winning three matches in a row as they lost 121-109. For the Grizzlies, Ja Morant scored 28 of his 39 points in the third quarter and added 10 assists and 10 rebounds as Xavier Tillman finished with 18 points and 11 rebounds while Jaren Jackson Jr. and Desmond Bane scored 16 points apiece.  For the Lakers, Anthony Davis led the scoring with 28 points and 19 rebounds, while Lonnie Walker IV scored 21 points as Austin Reaves had 17 points while matching his season high with four 3-pointers. Lebron James suffered an injury win over Dallas, leaving the Lakers without their leading scorer at 29.7 points per game as they don’t know how long he will be out.

“I was just feeling it,” Morant said. “I got going and was able to keep it rolling and put us in a good position to win the game.”

“Obviously, Ja had a special third quarter,” Memphis coach Taylor Jenkins said. “He was just in attack mode.”

“A lot of that was cause and effect with our turnovers,” Los Angeles coach Darvin Ham said, adding: “They just forced their will on us in the paint.”

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