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Bucks hold off Lakers 107-103 after 3 ejections for shoves

LOS ANGELES (AP) Khris Middleton scored 14 of his season-high 30 points in the fourth quarter, Greg Monroe added 12 points before his ejection and the Milwaukee Bucks kept up their furious playoff push with their eighth victory in nine games, 107-103 over the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night.

Monroe and Lakers guards D'Angelo Russell and Nick Young were ejected with 36 seconds left in the third quarter after a fracas started by Malcolm Brogdon's hard foul on Young, who shoved back. Monroe then shoved Young, and Russell shoved Monroe while every player on the court got involved.

Jordan Clarkson scored 21 points for the Lakers, who trimmed Milwaukee's lead from 18 points to 103-100 with 7.9 seconds left.

After Brogdon hit two free throws, Clarkson made his fourth 3-pointer, but Middleton hit two free throws with 1.6 seconds left.

Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 26 points before fouling out for the Bucks (34-34), who are in seventh place in the Eastern Conference standings with a good shot at their second winning season in 14 years.

Rookie Ivica Zubac had 18 points and eight rebounds for the Lakers (20-49), who have lost 12 of 13. Only Brooklyn has a poorer record than the Lakers, whose fall has increased their chances of keeping their first-round pick this summer.

Young scored 16 points and Russell had 14 before their ejections, but the Bucks appeared to be cruising to an easy win before the prolonged scuffle. They had opened up an 18-point lead while Antetokounmpo scored 12 points in the first 6:15 of the third.

But the brouhaha inspired the Lakers, who trimmed Milwaukee's lead to single digits and kept up the pressure down the stretch. Los Angeles cut Milwaukee's edge to 99-93 with 4:55 left but then failed to score for the next 3 1/2 minutes.

Antetokounmpo fouled out with 7.9 seconds left, but Julius Randle made only one ensuing free throw.

The Bucks have made their postseason surge even without second-leading scorer Jabari Parker, who is out for the year after tearing a knee ligament last month.

Milwaukee leads eighth-place Miami (34-35) by a half-game, and the Bucks opened up a 1 1/2-game lead over the ninth-place Detroit Pistons (33-36), who lost to Toronto.

TIP-INS

Bucks: This was the third stop on a six-game road trip. They swept both Staples Center tenants. ... Milwaukee made the playoffs just three times in the past decade, losing in the first round each time. The Bucks haven't finished higher than sixth in the Eastern Conference since 2001, which is also the year of their last playoff series victory.

Lakers: They were officially eliminated from playoff contention. ... F Tarik Black didn't play due to an apparent case of the flu. ... Coach Luke Walton stuck with Young in the starting lineup alongside Clarkson, keeping Russell in a reserve role. Walton explained the change as a chance to experiment with different lineups while using Russell, the No. 2 pick in the 2015 draft, in other roles. ... Thomas Robinson had two points on his 26th birthday.

UP NEXT

Bucks: At Warriors on Saturday.

Lakers: Host Cavaliers on Sunday.

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Key Players
G. Antetokounmpo
34 SF
J. Randle
30 PF
29.7 Min. Per Game 29.7
13.6 Pts. Per Game 13.6
4.0 Ast. Per Game 4.0
9.1 Reb. Per Game 9.1
53.8 Field Goal % 48.5
53.4 Three Point % 47.8
77.9 Free Throw % 72.8
  Team rebound 0:00
  Jordan Clarkson missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:02
  Jordan Clarkson missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:02
+ 1 Khris Middleton made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:02
+ 1 Khris Middleton made 1st of 2 free throws 0:02
  Personal foul on Larry Nance Jr. 0:02
+ 3 Jordan Clarkson made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Larry Nance Jr. 0:03
+ 3 Jordan Clarkson made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Larry Nance Jr. 0:03
+ 1 Malcolm Brogdon made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:06
+ 1 Malcolm Brogdon made 1st of 2 free throws 0:06
  Personal foul on David Nwaba 0:06
Team Stats
Points 107 103
Field Goals 40-82 (48.8%) 38-84 (45.2%)
3-Pointers 4-24 (16.7%) 11-29 (37.9%)
Free Throws 23-30 (76.7%) 16-26 (61.5%)
Total Rebounds 53 52
Offensive 10 11
Defensive 33 29
Team 10 12
Assists 22 24
Steals 7 7
Blocks 9 4
Turnovers 15 15
Fouls 25 20
Technicals 2 4
away team logo
G. Antetokounmpo SF 34
26 PTS, 8 REB, 5 AST
home team logo
J. Clarkson PG 6
21 PTS, 5 REB, 2 AST
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away team logo Bucks 34-34 31302323107
home team logo Lakers 20-4924223126103
Team Stats
away team logoBucks 34-34 93.2 PPG 38 RPG 21.2 APG
home team logoLakers 20-49 PPG RPG APG
Key Players
K. Middleton SG 14.5 PPG 4.7 RPG 5.3 APG 39.7 FG%
J. Clarkson PG PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
K. Middleton SG 30 PTS 2 REB 0 AST
J. Clarkson PG 21 PTS 5 REB 2 AST
48.8 FG% 45.2
16.7 3PT FG% 37.9
76.7 FT% 61.5
Bucks
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Middleton 33 30 2 0 1 0 2 5 11/18 0/2 8/9 0 2 31 +8
G. Antetokounmpo 35 26 8 5 0 2 4 6 11/16 1/1 3/6 2 6 42 -5
T. Snell 32 10 5 1 1 0 2 2 3/8 1/4 3/3 0 5 16 -4
M. Brogdon 32 6 5 2 2 0 2 3 2/7 0/4 2/2 0 5 15 -9
T. Maker 10 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0/3 0/2 0/0 1 0 4 0
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Middleton 33 30 2 0 1 0 2 5 11/18 0/2 8/9 0 2 31 +8
G. Antetokounmpo 35 26 8 5 0 2 4 6 11/16 1/1 3/6 2 6 42 -5
T. Snell 32 10 5 1 1 0 2 2 3/8 1/4 3/3 0 5 16 -4
M. Brogdon 32 6 5 2 2 0 2 3 2/7 0/4 2/2 0 5 15 -9
T. Maker 10 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0/3 0/2 0/0 1 0 4 0
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
G. Monroe 16 12 6 3 1 3 1 1 6/6 0/0 0/0 1 5 27 +2
J. Henson 19 8 9 1 0 4 0 4 3/6 0/0 2/4 5 4 23 +6
J. Terry 16 5 0 3 0 0 1 1 1/4 1/3 2/2 0 0 10 +8
M. Teletovic 22 5 5 1 0 0 0 2 2/7 1/5 0/1 0 5 12 +5
M. Dellavedova 25 5 2 5 1 0 2 1 1/7 0/3 3/3 1 1 16 +9
S. Hawes - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Beasley - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Jones - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Parker - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Vaughn - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 240 107 43 22 7 9 15 25 40/82 4/24 23/30 10 33 196 +20
Lakers
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Clarkson 38 21 5 2 1 1 3 2 8/20 4/11 1/1 1 4 29 -8
I. Zubac 29 18 8 1 0 0 0 2 9/15 0/0 0/0 2 6 28 -7
N. Young 29 16 3 2 0 0 0 2 6/11 4/8 0/0 0 3 23 -4
B. Ingram 35 11 1 4 2 1 1 3 4/11 1/4 2/4 0 1 22 +6
J. Randle 32 4 12 8 0 1 5 2 1/6 0/1 2/4 5 7 28 -7
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Clarkson 38 21 5 2 1 1 3 2 8/20 4/11 1/1 1 4 29 -8
I. Zubac 29 18 8 1 0 0 0 2 9/15 0/0 0/0 2 6 28 -7
N. Young 29 16 3 2 0 0 0 2 6/11 4/8 0/0 0 3 23 -4
B. Ingram 35 11 1 4 2 1 1 3 4/11 1/4 2/4 0 1 22 +6
J. Randle 32 4 12 8 0 1 5 2 1/6 0/1 2/4 5 7 28 -7
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Russell 21 14 2 2 0 0 2 1 5/9 2/3 2/5 0 2 18 -7
L. Nance Jr. 28 13 4 2 4 0 2 4 3/6 0/2 7/7 0 4 23 +4
D. Nwaba 13 4 2 0 0 1 0 2 2/3 0/0 0/1 2 0 7 +7
T. Robinson 5 2 2 0 0 0 1 1 0/2 0/0 2/4 1 1 3 0
C. Brewer 7 0 1 3 0 0 0 1 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 1 7 -5
T. Ennis 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 +1
M. World Peace - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Mozgov - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Black - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Deng - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 240 103 40 24 7 4 15 20 38/84 11/29 16/26 11 29 188 -20