Paul was held to just 10 points (5-of-15 from the field) and turned it over six times before eventually fouling out for only the sixth time in his career with 18 seconds left. Although Griffin stayed active elsewhere, dishing out nine assists, he saw a heavy dose of double-teams inside throughout the night and scored just 10 points on 4/12 shooting.
"They're too talented, " Kidd said after the game, "you can throw them different looks, and you just hope that they miss. We gave them different looks ... we just tried to make it tough and those guys missed some shots down the stretch."
Center Larry Sanders pointed to the togetherness of his Bucks team for the reason Griffin was limited inside.
"It's a team thing." Sanders said. "Our emphasis is really big on just getting that weak side over. They play a lot of pick and rolls."
Paul was nearly held to single-digits in scoring for the first time since November 6, 2013. Los Angeles won nine of their last 10 games heading into Saturday, but followed up a 104-96 loss in Washington on Friday with another poor performance against the Bucks. Coach Doc Rivers believes the tiring stretch on the road impacted his team in Milwaukee.
"It may have carried over to tonight. The Bucks played well, but we allowed a team to shoot 57 percent from the field and 63 percent from the 3-point line. You probably should lose the game," Rivers said afterwards.
Milwaukee led the Clippers by just one heading into the final quarter, but they jumped out to an electric 18-3 run that put them up 92-83 at the midway point. Milwaukee shot 11-of-15 from the field leading up to the four-minute mark as the game wound down, and held on for the victory at home despite a flurry of late threes from Los Angeles.
The Bucks had shortage of contributors in the fourth. Sanders scored six points and rejected a basket, Kendall Marshall bounced home a three and handed out three assists, and Khris Middleton efficiently added nine points on 4-of-5 shooting. After not scoring a single basket in the first, the Bucks' bench had outscored the Clippers' 36-28 at the end of regulation, with 17 of Los Angeles' 28 points coming from Jamal Crawford.
"For our group, we played to the end tonight. We played hard tonight, and I thought it was a great carryover from our last two practices." Kidd said.
All Bucks starters finished in double-figures except O.J. Mayo, who only played 11 minutes. Brandon Knight finished with a team-high 22 points, while Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 20 and Sanders tied a season-high with 15. Matt Barnes scored a season-high 26, including including six triples, for the Clippers.
A home victory for the Bucks is nice, but they better not get use to it: Milwaukee heads back on the road all of next week, and the next time they return home is December 23.