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

Sanders was 8 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 snap 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 is eighth in the Eastern Conference, seven games ahead of Philadelphia for the final spot.

Ellis scored eight points for Milwaukee during a late 12-3 run, making it 102-92 on a running in the lane. The Lakers turned it over on the next possession, and Daniels raced down the court and dunked to make it 104-92 with 4:12 left. The Lakers never got closer than eight the rest of the way.

  • After the game, Bryant revealed he has a bone spur in his left foot. He left the arena using one crutch, but appeared to be walking without pain.

    "Inflamed on me. I'll be all right," Bryant told Yahoo Sports.

    Earlier in the day, Lakers forward Metta World Peace had surgery on a torn meniscus in his left knee. He is expected to miss at least six weeks.


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    Kings 117, Suns 103: DeMarcus Cousins scored 17 consecutive points in the first half and finished with 34 as Sacramento won for just the second time in 14 games in Phoenix. Cousins also had 14 rebounds while playing only the first three quarters.

    Sacramento, which has won six of its last 10, shot 53 percent from the floor and converted 22 of 24 free throws. Isaiah Thomas and Cousins combined to go 17 of 17 from the line.

    Pacers 103, Mavericks 78: Paul George had 24 points and eight rebounds, and the visiting Pacers broke open a close game in the third quarter. 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 Lakers in the race for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

    Knicks: Amare Stoudemire said Thursday his recovery from right knee surgery is going "a little bit ahead of schedule," though he isn't sure if he can return to the team for the first round of the playoffs.

    Stoudemire had surgery to clean up and remove tissue from the knee about 2½ weeks ago and the Knicks said his expected recovery time would be about six weeks. The playoffs open the weekend of April 20.

    NBA: The league has informed the Minnesota Timberwolves that the referee crew erred in not calling a foul on the Lakers Bryant on the final play of Wednesday's 120-117 loss and that Ricky Rubio should have received three free throws.