L.A. Times: The trip ended, finally, the way the Lakers would have wanted it.
It wasn’t exactly poetic, and they needed various pick-me-ups just to stay awake, but win they did, beating the Milwaukee Bucks, 104-98, on Wednesday at Bradley Center.
It gave them a 5-2 mark on their longest foray from Staples Center this season, and it got them within 2 1/2 games of Cleveland for the league’s best record. They dressed quickly after the game, smiling at the way they rediscovered their winning touch. Or maybe it was just the fact that their 13-day odyssey had run its course.
“We had two tough games, but we bounced back from that,” Kobe Bryant said. “We don’t let those losses get past two. It was a good trip.”
The Lakers (59-16) ended a modest two-game losing streak and avoided their first three-game losing streak since acquiring Pau Gasol last season.
The first three quarters against the Bucks were mostly a sleepwalk, in many ways, as the Lakers failed to put away the injury-ravaged Bucks.
Lamar Odom was seen sipping coffee at the end of the bench in the second quarter. Bryant walked by a group of courtside reporters and laughed at how bored they looked.
“Y’all look like you need something to write about,” he said, smiling.