The gap between the Milwaukee Bucks and Philadelphia 76ers has almost completely closed.
The 76ers were defeated by the Houston Rockets 120-98 Thursday, marking their 26th straight loss.
The Bucks, behind 30 points from Brandon Knight, took down the Los Angeles Lakers 108-105 at the BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin Thursday night, meaning the Bucks are now just one game behind (or ahead, for tanking purposes) the 76ers now.
For the Lakers, it was just another embarrassing loss in what has been an awful season.
The Lakers trailed by 12 in the fourth quarter, but cut the lead to four with just 1:44 to play on a Jordan Hill jumper. The Lakers missed their next shot and couldn’t take advantage of two missed Bucks’ free throws. Nick Young and Kent Bazemore snapped the drought with late threes. The Lakers actually had a chance to tie on their last possession, but Young’s three at the buzzer was blocked by Ekpe Udoh.
Hill led the Lakers with 28 points and 16 rebounds and Young scored 17.
Former Laker Ramon Sessions scored 22 points and Khris Middleton added 14 for the Bucks.
The Bucks are 14-58 and the Lakers are 24-47.