MILWAUKEE — The Lakers ended their two-game losing streak by defeating the Milwaukee Bucks tonight for their ninth victory in 11 games to start the season. Kobe Bryant scored 31 points, grabbed seven rebounds and added three assists for the Lakers. Shannon Brown scored 21 points in a reserve role and Pau Gasol had 18 points and 10 rebounds. Brandon Jennings scored 19 of his 31 points for Milwaukee in the first half. Next: Detroit.
Ron Artest scored seven points in only 17 minutes, 30 seconds amid speculation that he was injured. Lakers coach Phil Jackson said Artest wasn’t feeling right, but declined to elaborate. Artest said he would have to check with Jackson before responding to reporters’ questions about his fitness. He said he would play in Wednesday’s game against Detroit.