Bucks stuck in January rut, lose big to Clippers
Milwaukee, WI (SportsNetwork.com) - Jamal Crawford racked up 25 points in just 24 minutes as the Los Angeles Clippers rolled to an easy 114-86 win over the hapless Milwaukee Bucks at the Bradley Center.
Crawford followed up a season-best 37-point performance in Saturday's 126-118 decision over Toronto by sinking 5-of-9 attempts from 3-point range in this one, helping the Clippers close out a seven-game road trip at 5-2 after posting a third straight victory.
Blake Griffin added 20 points in the rout and Darren Collison had 15 on 5-of-6 shooting to go along with seven assists. J.J. Redick finished with 14 points, with DeAndre Jordan pulling down 18 rebounds for Los Angeles.
Ersan Ilyasova scored 16 points and Khris Middleton had 14 for Milwaukee, but the Bucks shot a poor 38.2 percent from the field to fall to 1-12 in January.
The NBA-worst Bucks were able to hang around over the game's first 15 minutes, but the Clippers assumed control midway through the second quarter and dominated from there.
Los Angeles outscored Milwaukee by a 28-7 margin over the final 8:19 of the half, turning a two-point lead into a commanding 64-41 advantage at the break.
Crawford scored seven straight points at one stage of the run and Griffin poured in 11 over the length of the flurry, giving the All-Star forward 18 points on 7-of-10 shooting for the initial two quarters.
Milwaukee never posed a serious challenge the rest of the way, with the Clippers ahead by at least 19 points in the third quarter and entering the fourth owning a comfortable 84-61 cushion.
Crawford drained a pair of 3-pointers in the final minute of the first quarter as Los Angeles opened up a 32-25 lead at period's end, but the Bucks began the second on a 7-2 spurt to trim the deficit to two just over two minutes into the frame.
The Bucks played without both guard O.J. Mayo and center Larry Sanders, both of whom were held out due to illness ... Behind Crawford and a 13-point effort from Willie Green, the Clippers' bench outscored Milwaukee's by a 54-37 count ... The win was Los Angeles' 11th in its last 14 matchups with Eastern Conference teams ... The Bucks fell to 1-14 against the West this season and have now dropped 11 straight interconference games at home ... Milwaukee rookie center Miroslav Raduljica recorded a career-high 11 points along with six rebounds.
01/27 22:45:01 ET