Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Brandon Knight had a career-high 37 points with eight rebounds and four steals to lead the Milwaukee Bucks to a 94-79 win over the Los Angeles Lakers from Staples Center.
Ersan Ilyasova recorded a double-double with 15 points and 12 rebounds, while Luke Ridnour added 11 points in the win for the Bucks, who snapped a three- game losing skid.
"Our start helped a great deal," said Bucks coach Larry Drew. "Brandon played a terrific game at both ends. We fed off him."
Pau Gasol and Nick Young each donated 25 points in Los Angeles' season-high sixth straight loss.
Kendall Marshall finished with 10 points and seven assists in the loss.
LA starters Jodie Meeks, Shawne Williams, and Jordan Farmar combined for nine points on 4-for-19 from the field.
"We're struggling," said Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni. "When you start the game behind 21-4 we didn't play well. We're down at the bottom."
The Bucks opened the game on a methodical 14-0 run over the first 6 1/2 minutes of the first quarter thanks in large part because the Lakers were 0- for-11 from the field. Ilyasova and Knight each scored six points in the run.
Gasol knocked down a jumper to get Los Angeles on the board at the 5:08 mark.
Milwaukee pushed the lead to 21-4 and led 23-12 heading into the second.
The Bucks maintained their double-digit lead for much of the second stanza, but LA scored the final five points of the quarter to cut the deficit to 42-33 at halftime.
Knight and Khris Middleton opened and closed a 12-4 surge with a pair of 3s late in the third quarter to give the Bucks their largest lead of the game, 72-50.
The Lakers, however, showed some fight and outscored the visitors 10-2 over the final 1:57 to trail 74-60 heading into the fourth.
Milwaukee scored the first six points of the fourth to take a 20-point lead, but Gasol scored six during an 8-0 run to pull back within 12, 80-68, at the midway point of the quarter.
Marshall then knocked down a 3 and Gasol hit 1-of-2 from the line as the Lakers crept back within nine.
The comeback was too late, however, as Ilyasova hit a layup with just over two minutes remaining to stretch the lead back to double figures.