The Milwaukee Bucks started their road trip off with a whimper, tripping over a shorthanded Los Angels Clippers team 105-129 as Bud’s team dropped their third straight.
Milwaukee rode a hot shooting first period from behind the arc to leap towards a 38-26 advantage after one. The offense stagnated in the second as the Clippers staged a sizable comeback, with Milwaukee heading into half down 55-57. Giannis Antetokounmpo went cold after a slick start but he and Jrue Holiday still combined for 29 points in the half.
The Bucks threw a fresh zone look at the Clippers in the third, unfortunately Los Angeles responded in kind with a 3-point barrage as they took a commanding 96-86 lead into the fourth period. Los Angeles kept the 3-point parade going in the fourth quarter, and the Bucks were never able to make up the difference as they ultimately fell in their first stop on this six-game trip. The Clips wound up shooting 19-34 (55.9%) from deep. Now, Milwaukee gets to rest up for a Wednesday matchup back in Staples Center against its other tenant, the Los Angeles Lakers.
Look at Mamadi. So inspirational. pic.twitter.com/BCAE2ipTri— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) March 30, 2021
Stat That Stood Out
25-6 in second chance points. The Clippers average 12.7 second chance points per game, but it was really’s Milwaukee uncharacteristically poor defensive rebounding performance, giving up 32.5% to the Clippers compared to Milwaukee’s normal 22.9% on the season, third best in the league. There were so many frustrating putbacks in this game, something even more irritating given the Clippers certainly don’t play with a size advantage.