Tonight was another solid and balanced game for the Los Angeles Clippers as they breezed past the Milwaukee Bucks 111-85. The Clippers seem to have found their groove on the road, taking an early lead and establishing dominance on both ends of the court.
On defense, the Clippers held the Bucks to a dismal 26% from the field in the first half, improving only slightly to 36% over the whole game. They out-rebounded the Bucks in defensive rebounds 38-26 and forced 13 turnovers.
On offense, the Clippers scored an impressive 66 points in the paint, many of those points from some huge dunks by Blake Griffin in the third quarter. Moreover, the Clippers used their athleticism to put up 31 fast-break points. Despite being outscored 27-24 in the third quarter, the Clippers were able to utilize their balanced team to “weather the storm,” as Vinny Del Negro so eloquently put it.
For the Clippers, Barnes led the team with 21 points. Blake Griffin followed with 18 points and 11 rebounds, and DeAndre Jordan put up 15 points and 11 rebounds.
For the Bucks, Marquis Daniels led the team with 16 points and 5 rebounds, and Monta Ellis followed with 13 points and 4 assists. Luc Richard Mbah a Moute contributed with 11 points and 6 rebounds.
Tonight’s victory marks the Clippers’ 9th-straight win, the longest winning streak for the franchise since the Buffalo Braves’ 11-game streak in the 1974-75 season. The Clippers have one more game on the road to face the Detroit Pistons on Monday before returning home for Wednesday night’s rematch against the New Orleans Hornets. It’s going to be tough. It’s going to be scrappy. But most importantly, it’s going to be awesome because I will be in attendance. Perhaps I can be the Clippers’ good luck charm? We shall see.