Bucks 113, Lakers 103: Larry Sanders had 21 points and 13 rebounds to lead all five starters in double figures as host Milwaukee snapped a four-game losing streak.
Brandon Jennings and Ersan Ilyasova scored 20 points apiece and the Bucks erased a 13-point second-quarter deficit before breaking the game open in the fourth quarter.
Kobe Bryant scored 30 points and Dwight Howard added 15 points and 15 rebounds for Los Angeles, which lost for the fourth time in five games and had its lead for the final playoff slot in the Western Conference cut to a half-game.
Milwaukee trailed 41-28 in the second quarter before closing within 56-53 at halftime. The Lakers were ahead by six in the third before the Bucks ran off nine unanswered points as part of an 18-4 spurt to take an 82-77 lead into the fourth.
Los Angeles reclaimed the lead on Steve Blake's 3-pointer with just over 8 1/2 minutes to play, but Jennings buried a go-ahead 3-pointer and Monta Ellis had eight points in a 17-4 spurt to push the lead to 104-92.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Lakers PG Steve Nash scored 14 of his 16 points in the second quarter but exited with just over five minutes left in the third due to an ailing back and hamstring and did not return. ... Bryant (31,415) is four points shy of tying Wilt Chamberlain (31,419) for fourth place on the NBA's all-time scoring list. ... Sanders registered his team-high 23rd double-double and pulled down at least 10 boards for the ninth time in 10 games. ... Lakers F Metta World Peace underwent surgery Thursday to repair of torn meniscus in his left knee and is expected to miss at least six weeks.