Larry Sanders scored 13 of his career-high 21 points in the third quarter as the Milwaukee Bucks rallied to beat the Los Angeles Lakers 113-103 on Thursday night.
Sanders was eight of 11 from the floor and had 13 rebounds. Ersan Ilyasova and Brandon Jennings each had 20 points, Monta Ellis added 18 and Marquis Daniels had 16 to help the Bucks end a four-game losing streak.
Kobe Bryant led the Lakers with 30 points, leaving him four points behind Wilt Chamberlain (31,419) for fourth place on the NBA’s career list.
Dwight Howard had 15 points and 15 rebounds, and Steve Nash scored 16 points.
The Lakers are eighth in the Western Conference, a half-game ahead of Utah for the final playoff spot. Milwaukee are eighth in the Eastern Conference, seven games ahead of Philadelphia for the final spot.
PACERS 103, MAVERICKS 78
In Dallas, Texas, Paul George had 24 points and eight rebounds as Indiana broke open a close game in the third quarter to beat Dallas.
George scored 13 points in the third, including eight in a 20-5 run that broke a tie game at halftime.
The Central Division-leading Pacers won their fourth straight and have a half-game lead for the second-best record in the Eastern Conference.
Dirk Nowitzki scored 21 points for Dallas, who remained 1.5 games behind the Los Angeles Lakers in the race for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
KINGS 117, SUNS 103
In Phoenix, Arizona, DeMarcus Cousins scored 17 consecutive points in the first half and finished with 34 in Sacramento’s victory over Phoenix.
Cousins also had 14 rebounds, while playing only the first three quarters. Isaiah Thomas added 23 points and eight assists to help the Kings win for only the second time in their past 14 games in Phoenix.
Luis Scola led the Suns with 25 points, P.J. Tucker had a career-high 18 and Michael Beasley added 14 points and eight rebounds. Phoenix, resting point guard Goran Dragic for the second straight game, have lost five straight, nine of 10 and 11 of their past 13.