The Los Angeles Lakers lost 131-116 to the Milwaukee Bucks in front of their home fans on National Television.

This was another bad defeat for the Lakers, in an NBA season full of bad defeats. There was some optimism from Lakers fans coming into this one due to the recent form of Anthony Davis. They looked decent offensively in the first half, shooting 50% from the field, but they were poor on the defensively. Ariza and Anthony Davis in particular just looked ill equipped to slow down Giannis Antetokounmpo.

Giannis and the rest of the Bucks team shot 68.2% in the first half against a Lakers defence that offered no resistance. No resistance at the rim and certainly none to stop Milwaukee from draining threes. That horrible defensive performance meant the Lakers gave up 78 points in the first two quarters.

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Bucks Offence Too Good 

Despite the fact that the two-time MVP had a fantastic night, It was far from a one-man show. Khris Middleton also added 21 points. 

Bobby Portis’ also got in on the fun in the third quarter, and the Bucks big man torched the Lakers from three point range. Antetokounmpo continued to fill up the stat sheet and was so efficient he didn’t miss a shot until the second half.  The Bucks will win plenty of games if Giannis plays this well but will be unplayable if the whole team contributes like this.

As for the Lakers, there isn’t much left to be said. LeBron James played well again but at 37, it has become quite impossible to carry this team all by himself. Russell Westbrook’s performances seem to get worse by the game and with no real suitors on the table, could remain a Laker beyond the deadline. This roster just isn’t good enough to contend for a title as currently constructed. It remains to be seen what moves are made by the Lakers front office before the trade deadline.