The league's best team, the Milwaukee Bucks, went on a 15-2 run over the final 2:30 minutes of the game to beat the Los Angeles Lakers 131-120 and become the first team in the NBA to clinch a 2019 Playoff spot.
We're just getting started!!#FearTheDeer pic.twitter.com/HTksSx0bus- Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) March 2, 2019
Eric Bledsoe, who finished with 31 points, 9 rebounds, and 5 assists on 12-of-24 shooting, scored six of those last 15 points to help the Bucks win their seventh straight game and the 13th of their past 14 games.
The Bledshow dropped a SEASON-HIGH 31 points in tonight's WIN!! #FearTheDeer pic.twitter.com/pBpTSKvKok- Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) March 2, 2019
MVP candidate Giannis Antetokounmpo recorded 16 points, 15 rebounds, 6 assists, and 3 blocks on 7-of-14 shooting. Five other players scored in double figures for the Bucks as they went 3-0 in this current road trip with games remaining in Utah and Phoenix.
As a team, the Bucks shot 51.6% from the field and made 14 3-pointers on 35.0% shooting while recording an assist on 30 of their 48 field goal attempts.
Meanwhile, the Lakers shot 47.9% from the field and 13 3-pointers on 32.5% shooting.
Forwards Brandon Ingram (13-of-21 shooting) and LeBron James (10 assists, 7 rebounds) both top-scored with 31 points apiece. Rajon Rondo registered a near triple-double with 20 points, 9 assists, and 8 rebounds as the Lakers dropped another crucial game, hurting their chances of making the Playoffs.
The Lakers are now 3.5 games behind the eighth-seeded San Antonio Spurs. They'll travel to Phoenix to play the Suns on the second night of a back-to-back.