Bucks rip Clippers, assure at least .500 finish for seasonWisconsin News
- The Milwaukee Bucks are guaranteed of at least a .500 finish for the first time in six years. That’s after the Bucks pounded the Los Angeles Clippers 107-to-89 last night at the Bradley Center.
MILWAUKEE - The Milwaukee Bucks are guaranteed of at least a .500 finish for the first time in six years. That’s after the Bucks pounded the Los Angeles Clippers 107-to-89 last night at the Bradley Center.
Milwaukee led by 15 at the half and rolled from there, as the Clippers shot only 37-percent for the game. The Bucks shot 47-percent. Forward Carlos Delfino missed his second straight contest with neck-and-jaw injuries. And four Bucks’ starters rested for the entire fourth quarter.
Ersan Ilyasova led Milwaukee with 20 points off the bench. Point guard Brandon Jennings had 17 points, six assists, and five rebounds. And Jerry Stackhouse had 16 points off the bench There was a tense moment in the third quarter when former Buck Steve Blake fouled Andrew Bogut, and the two got in each other’s faces. Both were called for technicals, along with Jennings for escalating the situation.
Drew Gooden had 20 points and 11 rebounds for the Clippers, who’ve lost two straight.
The Bucks reduced their magic number to three for a playoff spot, after the ninth-place Chicago Bulls lost at home to Phoenix. The Bucks are now 41-32, with their most victories since Terry Porter coached the team in 2004. Milwaukee plays at Cleveland tonight.