Lakers 104, Bucks 88: Dwight Howard recorded 31 points and 16 rebounds while Kobe Bryant also scored 31 points as host Los Angeles posted its second straight win following a six-game losing streak.
Metta World Peace scored 12 points and Steve Nash added eight and 11 assists for the Lakers, who made Mike D'Antoni the 42nd coach in NBA history to register 400 victories.
Monta Ellis had 17 points and Beno Udoh chipped in 14 for the Bucks, who fell to 3-2 under interim coach Jim Boylan.
Los Angeles built a 12-point advantage midway through the opening period, but Milwaukee went on an 11-2 run that bridged the first and second quarters to go ahead 33-31. After the Bucks took their biggest lead of the game at 44-41 on Mike Dunleavy's 3-pointer with 5:20 remaining in the second, the Lakers used a 16-6 burst to take a 57-50 lead into the break.
Milwaukee got within two with 5:01 left in the third and remained close until early in the fourth. Howard and Bryant combined to outscore the Bucks 16-5 to put Los Angeles in front 100-80 with 4:56 to go and the Lakers cruised the rest of the way.
GAME NOTEBOOK: The Bucks fell to 0-5 in road games against Western Conference opponents. ... Los Angeles F Pau Gasol missed his fifth consecutive game with a concussion. ... Bryant has scored at least 20 points in 22 straight contests. He has not failed to reach the plateau since Nov. 30 against Denver.