Ooops, they did it again: With no LeBron, Lakers prevail over Bucks in double overtime thriller

Published March 27, 2024, 2:39 PM ● NBA.com Philippines Staff

The Los Angeles Lakers, minus LeBron James, overcome a 19-point deficit to defeat the Milwaukee Bucks in double-overtime.

Anthony Davis put up 34 points, 23 rebounds, and four blocks as he took over for the Los Angeles Lakers.

On March 8, a LeBron James-less Los Angeles Lakers beat the Milwaukee Bucks, 123-122. On Wednesday (Philippine time), well, they did it again.

And this time, it took the trio of Anthony Davis, Austin Reaves, and D'Angelo Russell to fight back against the charge from Giannis Antetokounmpo and Damian Lillard, 128-124, in double overtime.

Down by as much as 19 points, the Lakers cut the lead piece by piece. It was whittled down to five when AD hit a three with over two minutes remaining.

Austin Reaves then picked up a rebound and pulled up for another triple. The lead was trimmed down to two minte over a minute left on the clock.

A couple of free throws from Taurean Prince ensured the 101-all deadlock.

AR-15 had a chance to snatch the victory for the Lakers at the buzzer, but he missed. They were going to overtime.

Here, it was Spencer Dinwiddie who gave the purple and gold team their first taste of the lead in the ball game.

But the Bucks will not be silenced at home, as Damian Lillard sank a triple. He drove in with seconds left on the clock, when Davis leaped to swat the ball away with 117-all. It was going to double overtime. This time, Reaves ensured he would not miss again as he iced the game for the Lakers.

Giannis Antetokounmpo had the chance to tie it all again, but missed both shots at the charity stripe.

Davis put up 34 points, 23 points, and four blocks in 51:52 minutes of play. Reaves added 29 markers, a season-high 14 rebounds, and 10 assists. Meanwhile, Russell added 29 points, seven rebounds, and 12 assists.

On the other side, Giannis Antetokounmpo made 29 points, 21 rebounds, and 11 assists. Lillard added 27 points, five rebounds, and eight assists in the losing effort.

The Lakers get their fourth straight win and improve to 40-32 as ninth in the West, while the Bucks fall to 46-26. Milwaukee is still assured of a postseason appearance as the second team so far in the East.