MILWAUKEE (AP) - Fatigued after a hard-fought road win the previous night, Giannis Antetokounmpo recognized the importance of following up with a win at home.
"It was tough. A lot of us were tired," Antetokounmpo said after the Milwaukee Bucks defeated the Los Angeles Lakers 98-90 on Saturday night.
The Bucks won in San Antonio 94-87 on Friday night.
"We played hard last night, but to validate last night's win we needed to win tonight," Antetokounmpo said.
Antetokounmpo scored 33 points and had a season-high 15 rebounds to help Milwaukee overcome Lonzo Ball's historic triple-double.
Ball became the youngest player in NBA history to record a triple-double when he had 17 points, 13 assists and 12 rebounds. At 20 years and 15 days, he bested LeBron James by four days to become the youngest to accomplish the feat.
The accomplishment meant little to Ball, given the outcome.
"I really don't care," Ball said. "I just wanted to win tonight. I thought we put ourselves in a good position to get it, but it didn't happen."
Milwaukee used a 9-2 run at the end of the third quarter to grab a 77-67 lead.
The Bucks maintained a double-digit lead throughout most of the fourth. After the Lakers pulled within seven with just over five minutes left, Antetokounmpo threw down a dunk while being fouled. He made the free throw to grow the Bucks' lead back to 10 points. He followed with a twisting layup on the next possession as the Bucks gained control.
Bucks coach Jason Kidd credited his team's effort.
"Guys were tired there at the end, but it just showed the maturity of us understanding what was at stake," Kidd said.
Ball had 11 points, 10 assists and six rebounds in the first half. He made just three of 12 shots in a loss at Washington on Thursday, but finished 7-for-12 and made 3-of-5 shots from three-point range against the Bucks.