I would like to rag on the Bucks here and say that this was a game that Milwaukee blew, but this is the 9th straight home win for the Clippers. As long as this team has Blake Griffin they will not be an easy win anymore. The Clippers were able to take it to Milwaukee 105-98 Monday night, and the big turning point in this game was with 3:59 left in the third quarter when Milwaukee scored its 24th point of the quarter. But the only other basket they would make the rest of the quarter was a long jumper by Ilyasova. So at the 3:59 mark the Bucks were up 71-64. They started the fourth quarter down 77-73, and would never get it going again.
In the fourth quarter Milwaukee fought back to take the lead, and then it was a back and forth battle for awhile. Jennings made a runner to give the Bucks a 84-83 lead that would last for only 16 seconds. The Clippers would then take the lead for good on a Ike Diogu jumper from five feet with 7:31 to go in the game. Randy Foye scored 9 of his 20 points in the final seven minutes of the game to secure the victory.
Free throws were a huge difference in this game, no doubt about it. The Bucks were 19-24 from the line, and the Clippers were darn near perfect going 25-27 from the line. Both teams shot around 50% from the field, but didn't shoot well from three point land. Clearly, it was huge for the Clippers to make all those free throws. Another stat that jumped out at me was points in the paint. The Clippers finished with 58 points in the paint, and the Bucks only had 40. Getting points in the paint leads to and-1 opportunities, another reason Los Angeles was able to win.
Milwaukee had six guys score in double figures, with Corey Maggette leading the way with 25 points. Carlos Delfino and Chris Douglas-Roberts had a rough night shooting a combined 2-13 from the field. They only scored a total of eight points in 57 minutes of time on the court. Blake Griffin got his 39th double-double of the season, and finished with 32 points, 11 rebounds, and 6 assists. Griffin is going to win rookie of the year by a land slide, and I don't think anyone has had such a huge impact as him at the power forward. As for the Bucks main star, Andrew Bogut left late in the fourth with a knee injury, but he hopes to be okay.
Milwaukee falls to 19-27 on the season, and will stay out west to face the Suns Wednesday. Lets hope the Bucks can get back on track on Groundhogs Day. Who knows, maybe Delfino and CDR will find the shooting stroke again. The Suns have been up and down this season, but they are a team that we could beat. Phoenix is coming off a big win against the Hornets on Sunday, so they should be rested up. After the Suns, the Bucks will have the Warriors Thursday night before coming back home Saturday. It would be nice to see the Bucks go at least 2-2 this week. Maybe this team can go on a three game winning streak again? Either way the first task is the Suns on Wednesday night at 8:00 central time on FSN.