NICK Young waxed hot from downtown for 26 points, Lou Williams scored 21 off the bench as the Los Angeles Lakers survived Giannis Antetkounmpo’s 41-point career game to narrowly defeat the Milwaukee Bucks 122-114 on Friday (Saturday, Manila time).
Young sank 5 of eight 3-pointers and made his first eight shots while Williams went 3 for 5 for the Lakers who made 15 of 30 from beyond the arc.
LA led by as much as 27 in the game and were up 19 in the fourth quarter before Milwaukee staged a late rally to make it 114-109 with less than a minute left.
The Lakers scored 47 points in the 1st quarter, its largest output since 1987 in a Jan.2 game against the Phoenix Suns. Its 76 points at the half was also its largest output in the season.
Julius Randle and Ivica Zubac both scored 15 points while D’Angelo Russell added 14 for the Lakers who won their 7th road game of the season.
It was the Bucks’ first game since losing Jabari Parker for the season after he tore the ACL in his left knee in a home loss to Miami on Wednesday.
Malcolm Brogdon scored 18 off the bench while fellow reserve Michael Beasley added 15 for the Bucks which lost its second in a row.