Milwaukee subdues Lakers, keeps West playoff race tight
Larry Sanders scored 13 of his career-high 21 points in the third quarter and the Milwaukee Bucks rallied to beat the Los Angeles Lakers...
MILWAUKEE — Larry Sanders scored 13 of his career-high 21 points in the third quarter and the Milwaukee Bucks rallied to beat the Los Angeles Lakers 113-103 on Thursday night.
Sanders was 8 of 11 from the floor and had 13 rebounds. Ersan Ilyasova and Brandon Jennings each had 20 points, Monta Ellis added 18 and Marquis Daniels had 16 to help the Bucks snap a four-game losing streak.
Kobe Bryant led the Lakers with 30 points, leaving him four points behind Wilt Chamberlain (31,419) for fourth place on the NBA's career list. Dwight Howard had 15 points and 15 rebounds, and Steve Nash scored 16 points.
The Lakers are eighth in the Western Conference, a half-game ahead of Utah for the final playoff spot. Milwaukee is eighth in the Eastern Conference, seven games ahead of Philadelphia for the final spot.
Pacers topple Mavericks
DALLAS — Paul George had 24 points and eight rebounds and the Indiana Pacers broke open a close game in the third quarter to beat the Dallas Mavericks 103-78.
George scored 13 points in the third, including eight in a 20-5 run that broke a tie game at halftime.
The first-place Pacers won their fourth straight and have a half-game lead for the second-best record in the Eastern Conference.
Dirk Nowitzki scored 21 points for Dallas, which remained 1 ½ games behind the Los Angeles Lakers in the race for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
Nowitzki and five of his teammates have grown out beards since early February and vowed not to shave until the Mavericks (35-37) got back to .500.
Those unshaven Mavericks will have to put their razors away for at least a few more days as Indiana denied Dallas a chance to even its record for the first time since Dec. 12.
Roy Hibbert had 16 points and 11 rebounds one night after scoring a season-high 28 against Houston, and Tyler Hansbrough added 13 points and nine rebounds off the bench for Indiana.
The Pacers announced before the game that former All-Star forward Danny Granger will have season-ending left-knee surgery.
David West scored seven points in his return for the Pacers after missing six games with a lower-back strain.
• The NBA informed the Timberwolves the referee crew should have called Lakers star Kobe Bryant for a foul on a potential game-tying three-pointer at the buzzer against Minnesota. Ricky Rubio should have been awarded three free throws. It won't change the outcome of the game, a 120-117 victory for the Lakers, who have beaten the Timberwolves 22 straight times.