Bucks aim to keep rolling vs. Lakers

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Milwaukee Bucks will try to extend their winning streak Wednesday night when the Los Angeles Lakers pay a visit to the Bradley Center.

The Bucks have won four straight and two in a row as the host. Perhaps Milwaukee's best win this season came last time out when they ended the Toronto Raptors' six-game winning streak.

The Bucks topped the Atlantic Division's best, 82-75, Monday at Air Canada Centre.

Khris Middleton had 25 points and nine rebounds to lead the Bucks. Giannis Antetokounmpo posted 12 points and 12 boards and Jared Dudley added 14 points and five assists for the Bucks.

Milwaukee guard O.J. Mayo was ejected at the 4:07 mark of the second quarter after picking up a double technical.

"He felt bad because he let his teammates down, but the nice thing is his teammates picked him up," Bucks coach Jason Kidd said.

The Raptors, who shot just 32.1 percent from the floor (25-of-78), trailed by as many as 18 in the second half and were down by 15 in the opening seconds of the fourth quarter after Kenyon Martin's alley-oop dunk gave Milwaukee a 75-60 advantage.

Toronto, though, responded with a 15-0 run as the Bucks missed their next 15 shots and went 8:25 without a point. The Raptors made the surge with four of their starters on the bench.

Milwaukee then scored the last seven points of the game.

The Bucks visit Houston on Friday, then play five straight at home.

The Lakers began their four-game eastern road trip with a 92-80 loss to the New York Knicks on Sunday.

Carlos Boozer had 19 points with 10 rebounds and Jordan Clarkson added 19 points in the loss. Wesley Johnson chipped in 11 off the bench and was the final double-digit scorer for the Lakers.

Los Angeles has lost 11 of its last 12 games on the road.

"We just got off to a bad start in the first quarter," Lakers coach Byron Scott said.

The Knicks jumped the Lakers in the first quarter to the tune of 32-19. LA failed to crack the 20-point mark in the third as well and shot 35.5 percent from the floor.

The Lakers are scheduled to visit the Orlando Magic and Cleveland Cavaliers on this trek.