Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 11/23

Game 1: Tuesday, November 23rd
Game 2: Tuesday, November 30th

Lakers 95

(9-6, 3-4 away)

Bucks 90

(4-8, 4-2 home)

    7:00 PM ET, November 30, 2004

    BMO Harris Bradley Center, Milwaukee, WI

    1 2 3 4 T
    LAL 26 26 17 2695
    MIL 24 21 23 2290

    Top Performers

    Los Angeles: B. Cook 25 Pts, 11 Reb, 1 Stl

    Milwaukee: D. Mason 32 Pts, 5 Reb, 1 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

    Lakers top Bucks for eighth straight time

    MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Brian Cook carried the Los Angeles Lakers on a night when Kobe Bryant's shot deserted him after the first quarter.

    Cook, the Lakers' top pick in the 2003 draft, came off the bench to score a career-high 25 points, including five 3-pointers, and Bryant added 20 points despite being held without a field goal for the final three quarters of a 95-90 victory over Milwaukee on Tuesday night.

    While the Bucks shut down Bryant, they had no answer for Cook's range and accuracy.

    "That's a sign of a good team," Lakers coach Rudy Tomjanovich said. "It doesn't always have to be the same guy who is stepping up."

    Cook was 10-for-14 from the floor and only missed one three-point attempt.

    "He was amazing," Tomjanovich added. "I knew the guy was a good shooter, but I didn't know he was going to be a 3-shooter. He shoots it so easy. He's got one of the quickest releases in the league. It's just effortless."

    Cook also grabbed seven of the team's 13 offensive rebounds. He finished with a career-high 11 boards.

    The Lakers, who led by 14 points early in the game, had 18 second-chance points to the Bucks' five.

    Desmond Mason had 32 points, including 14 in the third quarter. His layup pulled Milwaukee to 69-68 with 41.4 seconds left in the third.

    The lead changed for the eighth and last time when Cook connected for a 3-pointer on an assist from Bryant to make it 89-86 with 1:35 to play.

    "I'm just going to take whatever the defense gives me," Bryant said after shooting 4-of-13 from the floor. "With this team, it's really easy to do. I have all the confidence in the world they are going to knock those shots down."

    After Bryant had a three-point play with 46.4 seconds left in the first quarter, he missed his last eight shots. But Bryant had 11 assists and seven rebounds and was 10-of-12 from the line, including five in the fourth quarter.

    Lamar Odom added 16 points and 11 rebounds and Atkins added 13 as the Lakers beat the Bucks for the second time in seven days and the eighth straight time overall.

    "A few turnovers, some missed rotations for some guys, Cook knocking down 3s down the stretch -- those are the things in the last few minutes of the game that cost us," Mason said.

    Maurice Williams added 21 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds and Keith Van Horn had 11 points and 10 rebounds for the Bucks, who were looking for their first victory over the Lakers since March 21, 2001.

    The Bucks were hoping to build upon their victory against Detroit on Saturday night that snapped a six-game losing streak.

    Game notes

    Bryant turned the ball over just four times. He had 23 turnovers in his previous four games, including seven against New Orleans on Sunday. ... Bucks F Joe Smith missed his second consecutive game with a left hip strain. C Daniel Santiago, who is out seven to 10 days after scratching his cornea in practice Monday, and Smith will not travel to Boston for Wednesday's game against the Celtics. ... F Zendon Hamilton was activated by the Bucks before the game after missing the first 11 games with a right knee injury.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 95 90
    FGM-FGA 34-75 (.453) 34-78 (.436)
    3PM-3PA 10-26 (.385) 4-13 (.308)
    FTM-FTA 17-23 (.739) 18-20 (.900)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 13-42 10-40
    Assists 25 22
    Turnovers 16 15
    Steals 7 4
    Blocks 3 3
    Fast Break Points 11 5
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 24 (1/0) 24 (1/0)

    Top Performers

    Los Angeles
    Brian Cook Cook
    Points: 25
    Reb: 11
    Ast: 0
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0
    Desmond Mason Mason
    Points: 32
    Reb: 5
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 1