NBA wrap: Bucks hand Lakers fourth consecutive loss; Harden makes new record

The Los Angeles Lakers suffered a fourth straight loss, going down to the Milwaukee Bucks.

Khris Middleton scored 30 points and 10 rebounds as Milwaukee Bucks defeated Los Angeles Lakers.   -  (Getty Images)

Milwaukee Bucks put Los Angeles Lakers into an even deeper hole in the NBA on Tuesday. Los Angeles fell to Milwaukee 115-101, making its postseason dreams all the more unrealistic. It was the Lakers' fourth straight loss.

The Bucks entered the matchup coming off a loss to the Philadelphia 76ers, but handled the opposition without Giannis Antetokounmpo, who sat with an ankle injury. LeBron James also did not play in the contest, as he was dealing with a sore left groin.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope was the unlikely star, pouring in a game-high 35 points for the Lakers off the bench. Milwaukee was led by Khris Middleton, who contributed 30 points and 10 rebounds.


The Lakers look even more unlikely to make the playoffs now as the Bucks continue to assert themselves as a dominant force. 

The Eastern Conference-leading Bucks will face the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday, while the Lakers will host the Brooklyn Nets on Friday.

Harden heroics

James Harden tallied 31 points, eight rebounds and 10 assists in the Houston Rockets' 121-105 triumph over the Atlanta Hawks. He became the first player in the history of NBA to score at least 30 points against every opponent in a single season.

READ | WATCH: James Harden makes NBA history with ridiculous points record


Ben Simmons recorded a game-high 28 points, eight rebounds and five assists to help the 76ers top the Charlotte Hornets 118-114.

Stephen Curry scored a game-high 36 points as the Golden State Warriors took down the Minnesota Timberwolves 117-107.


D'Angelo Russell scored 27 of his career-high 44 points in the fourth quarter of the Brooklyn Nets' 123-121 comeback victory over the Sacramento Kings.


Muscala misery

Mike Muscala scored two points on one-of-six shooting in the Lakers' loss to the Bucks.

Fox, Bogut produce some magic

The Kings' De'Aaron Fox threaded the needle with a perfect bounce pass to Buddy Hield against Brooklyn.


Andrew Bogut executed an effortless behind-the-back pass to find a wide open Curry under the basket in his second game back with the Warriors.


Tuesday's results

Philadelphia 76ers 118-114 Charlotte Hornets
Houston Rockets 121-105 Atlanta Hawks
Milwaukee Bucks 115-101 Los Angeles Lakers
Golden State Warriors 117-107 Minnesota Timberwolves
Brooklyn Nets 123-121 Sacramento Kings
Los Angeles Clippers 115-109 Indiana Pacers


Celtics at 76ers

Boston and Philadelphia are two of the most dangerous teams in the Eastern Conference. The Celtics sit in fifth in the standings while the 76ers have ascended to third.

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