LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kobe Bryant had 22 points and six assists during the Los Angeles Lakers’ 113-95 victory over the Bucks on Tuesday night in Milwaukee’s first game since ending Golden State’s 24-0 start to the season.
D'Angelo Russell had 19 points and seven assists as the Lakers took a 22-point lead in the third quarter and cruised to their second victory in 15 games, improving to 4-21 in Bryant’s farewell season.
Monroe was a late scratch with a sore left knee for the Bucks, who have lost 10 straight road games.
The Lakers pushed their lead to 18 points in the third quarter on a four-point play by Bryant. Moments later, Los Angeles was up by 22 – its largest lead at any point in the entire season.
Bryant had a productive, relatively efficient game in the Lakers’ return to Staples Center after a 1-7 road trip. He also got the fourth quarter off after playing in his 11th game in 18 days.
Bryant shot an air ball on his first attempt, but later hit four straight to finish the first quarter with 10 points. He hit three 3-pointers and finished 7 for 15 from the field, building on his improved shooting in the past four games.
Bucks: G Greivis Vasquez will be out for three to four months after having knee surgery Tuesday. … G Jerryd Bayless isn’t on the trip due to a sprained ankle. … Bucks coach Jason Kidd played alongside Bryant in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. “To share that stage and win a gold medal was a lot of fun,” Kidd said. “His work ethic, his ability to perform and raise the bar each year or each game, that’s what made him special.” … John Henson had six points while starting in Monroe’s place.