The Lakers led 86-81 after three quarters, and they increased the gap to 96-85 on a Markieff Morris 3-pointer with 8:42 to go. The Bucks cut the lead to two, 102-100, on a Middleton drive, but never managed to catch up.
James scored 34 points for the Lakers, while Antetokounmpo was the Bucks' most productive player with 25 points. Caldwell-Pope sank seven-of-10 threes. But James and Alex Caruso each drained key three pointers in the final two minutes.
The reigning champs didn't let go of the lead through the entire second half, and the Lakers move to 12-4 with this victory.
LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers handles the ball during the game against the Milwaukee Bucks on January 21, 2021 at the Fiserv Forum Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.