It was probably only a matter of time before the Los Angeles Lakers got healthy and figured it out.

Tuesday night, the Milwaukee Bucks just happened to be in their way.

A sluggish offensive night, missed free throws and turnovers gave the Bucks little chance to compete with a Lakers group that seems to be hitting their stride.

Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard combined for 62 points and were a combined 26 of 37 from the field as the Lakers turned a six-point lead after three quarters into a 104-88 victory.

"We just didn't have our A-game today," Bucks coach Jim Boylan said. "Our guys fought hard and it was just one of those games that slipped away from us."

If Milwaukee was going to keep up with Bryant and Howard, it was going to have to have Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis on their games. But the Bucks' top duo was just a combined 10 of 30 from the field and Milwaukee shot just 35.8 percent as a team.

The Lakers made it a point to take Jennings out of the game by having Bryant guard him, trying to take the ball out of his hands.

It worked, and Milwaukee's offense couldn't recover.

"We like to have the ball in Brandon's hands so he can initiate the offense and get things going for us," Boylan said. "Kobe is a great individual defender and he showed it tonight.

"Our rhythm was taken away from us mainly by the defense that Kobe played."

On the other side, Los Angeles assisted on 21 of its first 23 baskets and moved the basketball incredibly well all night long.

"They were on their game tonight," Boylan said. "Anytime a team can have that many assists in a half, you are playing very good basketball. They played very well, so it was difficult."