Larry Drew admitted it's tough to take any satisfaction in sweeping the Los Angeles Lakers this season.

The Milwaukee Bucks achieved that feat with a 108-105 victory over the Kobe-less Lakers on Thursday night at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.

But when the Bucks also finished just 3-27 against Western Conference teams and picked up only their 14th victory of the season, you see his point.

"To be perfectly honest, no," Drew said of taking any pride in the series sweep.

What the Bucks are doing is continuing to play hard despite not having much to play for as a likely franchise-worst season winds down.

Using a pick-and-roll offense to attack the Lakers' big men, Brandon Knight (30 points) and Ramon Sessions (22 points) combined to help the Bucks end their eight-game losing streak.

The only real negative was a right ankle sprain suffered by Bucks rookie Giannis Antetokounmpo in the fourth quarter, although X-rays proved negative and he was optimistic about the injury following the game.

And for those worrying the Bucks could lose pole position in the draft lottery chase, the race did get tighter.

The Philadelphia 76ers (15-57) lost their 26th consecutive game with a 120-98 defeat at Houston and moved within one game of Milwaukee (14-58) for the league's worst record.

The Bucks led by as many as 12 points in the fourth quarter but had to hang on after Sessions missed three free throws late in the game.

"A win is a win to me," Knight said. "With us losing some games like that when we've been in those situations, I'm just happy our team continued to play hard and pull it out."

Drew said he decided to use more pick-and-roll offense than normal against the Lakers.

"It's something I wanted to try," Drew said. "I wanted to utilize both of those guys and their speed and their quickness. Both of them really have the ability to get to the basket.