NBA roundup: Sanders sparks Bucks over Lakers

Kobe Bryant used a crutch to leave the arena after the Los Angeles Lakers’ latest loss.

Following Milwaukee’s 113-103 victory on Thursday night, the Lakers said Bryant had a bone spur in his left foot. He left the Bradley Center using one crutch, but appeared to be walking without any pain.

Bryant led the Lakers with 30 points, leaving him 4 behind Wilt Chamberlain (31,419) for fourth place on the NBA’s career list. He played 36½ minutes and didn’t show any signs of difficulty during the game.


‘‘Inflamed on me. I'll be all right,’’ Bryant told Yahoo Sports.

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The Lakers are eighth in the Western Conference, a half-game ahead of Utah for the final playoff spot.

Larry Sanders scored 13 of his career-high 21 points in the third quarter for the Bucks. He 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 snap a four-game losing streak.

‘‘Our attention to detail was a little bit better,’’ coach Jim Boylan said. ‘‘Larry was great, really active. There was a lot of communicating going on. We've been struggling lately, and when you struggle you can get into your own little world, and that’s a bad place to be.’’


The Bucks hold the eighth playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, and have a seven-game lead over ninth-place Philadelphia with 11 games to go. However, they weren’t playing as a unit, the effort and energy level were sagging, until the game against the Lakers.

‘‘You need to be playing a collective game, whether it be offensively or defensively,’’ Boylan said. ‘‘Tonight for us was maybe breaking out of that shell a little bit.’’

Dwight Howard had 15 points and 15 rebounds for the Lakers, and Steve Nash scored 16 points.

Pacers 103, Mavericks 78 — Paul George had 24 points and eight rebounds and Indiana broke open a close game in the third quarter to win in Dallas.

The first-place Pacers won their fourth straight and have a half-game lead over the Knicks for the second-best record in the Eastern Conference.


Dirk Nowitzki scored 21 points for Dallas, which remained 1½ games behind the Lakers in the race for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

Kings 117, Suns 103 — DeMarcus Cousins scored 17 consecutive points in the first half and finished with 34 in Sacramento’s victory over host Phoenix.

Cousins also had 14 rebounds while playing only the first three quarters.

Isaiah Thomas added 23 points and eight assists to help the Kings win for only the second time in their last 14 games in Phoenix.

Sacramento, which has won 6 of 10, shot 53 percent from the floor and converted 22 of 24 free throws.

Thomas and Cousins combined to go 17 of 17 from the line.