Milwaukee rallies to top Los Angeles

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Larry Sanders dunks for two of his career-high 21 points in the Bucks' victory over the Lakers.   JEFFREY PHELPS/ASSCIATED PRESS
JEFFREY PHELPS/ASSCIATED PRESS
Larry Sanders dunks for two of his career-high 21 points in the Bucks' victory over the Lakers.

MILWAUKEE — Larry Sanders scored 13 of his career-high 21 points in the third quarter and the Milwaukee Bucks rallied to beat the Los Angeles Lakers 113-103 on Thursday night.

Sanders was 8 of 11 from the floor and had 13 rebounds.

Kobe Bryant scored 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.

Monta Ellis scored eight points for Milwaukee during a late 12-3 run, and the Lakers never got closer than eight the rest of the way.

PACERS 103, MAVERICKS 78

In Dallas, Paul George had 24 points and eight rebounds and the Indiana Pacers broke open a close game in the third quarter to beat the Mavericks.

George scored 13 points in the third, including eight in a 20-5 run that broke a tie game at halftime.

Dirk Nowitzki scored 21 points for Dallas, which remained 1½ games behind the Los Angeles Lakers in the race for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

Before the game, the Pacers announced that Danny Granger would miss the rest of the season so he could undergo surgery on the bothersome knee that has slowed him since last year’s playoffs.

“He’s at peace with it,” Pacers coach Frank Vogel said in Dallas before a game against the Mavericks. “He’s disappointed, but you have to make the best decision.”

The move comes just two days after Vogel told reporters he expected Granger to return during the current four-game road trip.


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