Tempers flare, three players ejected as Bucks hold off Lakers
Los Angeles' D'Angelo Russell pushes Milwaukee's Greg Monroe as players from both teams take part in a shoving match after Nick Young took a hard foul in the third quarter. AP

KHRIS Middleton scored 14 of his season-high 30 points in the fourth quarter as the Milwaukee Bucks solidified their playoff run by holding off the Lakers, 107-103, in Los Angeles on Friday (Saturday, Manila time).

Bucks center Greg Monroe scored 12 points before he and Lakers guards D'Angelo Russell and Nick Young were ejected with 36 seconds left in the third quarter after a scrum erupted when Malcolm Brogdon delivered a hard foul on Young, who shoved back. Things escalated when Monroe shoved Young, and Russell shoved Monroe and a fracas ensued involving the other players on the court.

All-Star Giannis Antetokounmpo added 26 points, eight rebounds and five assists for the Bucks, in seventh spot with a half game lead over Miami in the Eastern Conference standings.

Jordan Clarkson scored 21 points for the Lakers, who rallied in the final period after being down 18 to cut the Bucks’ lead to 103-100 with 7.9 seconds left.

Brogdon sank two free throws and Clarkson buried his fourth 3-pointer. Middleton preserved the win with two free throws with 1.6 seconds remaining.

Lakers rookie Ivica Zubac had 18 points and eight rebounds for the Lakers (20-49), who have lost 12 of 13. Young scored 16 points and Russell had 14 before they left the game.

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