Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 12/15/12
MILWAUKEE -- The Los Angeles Clippers won their ninth game in a row behind an 18-point effort from Blake Griffin in a 111-85 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday night at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. Griffin, the reigning Western Conference Player of the Week, went 7 of 12 from the field and 4 of 5 from the free-throw line. The Clippers had their way with the Bucks' collection of post players, outscoring Milwaukee, 66-26, in the paint and a 48-40 edge on rebounds. The Clippers were also nearly unstoppable on the fast-break, holding a 31-7 advantage. Griffin had plenty of help, too. DeAndre Jordan scored 15 on 7-of-10 shooting and pulled down 11 rebounds, Chris Paul finished with 10 points and recorded 13 assists and Matt Barnes scored 21 off the bench for Los Angeles (17-6). While the Clippers were hitting from just about anywhere on the court, poor shooting plagued the Bucks from the start. Milwaukee shot just 26 percent in the first half and 36 percent for the game. The Clippers, meanwhile, made 53 percent of their shots in the first half. They led, 28-15, after one quarter. The Bucks would twice cut the deficit to six points in the second but the Clippers came back each time and held a 55-35 lead at halftime. Both Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis struggled Saturday, going a combined 7 for 27 from the field. Ellis finished with 13 points and Jennings 9. Marquis Daniels scored 16 to lead Milwaukee (12-10), which saw its winning streak snapped at four games. NOTES: Milwaukee was without Mike Dunleavy Jr. who still is sidelined with a bruised left knee. Dunleavy worked out before the game, but the coaching staff determined he wasn't ready to return. He's missed seven of the Bucks' last eight games. ... Tobias Harris also sat out with a right elbow laceration. ... Both teams entered the game on winning streaks: the Bucks at four games and the Clippers with eight in a row. "We've been finding ways to win," Clippers head coach Vinny Del Negro said. ... Paul and Jennings entered the game ranked first and second in the league in steals. Paul is averaging 2.59 per game and Jennings 2.52. ... The Bucks had beaten the Clippers three consecutive times in Milwaukee. ... DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin have combined for 15 dunks in the Clippers' last two games.
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