Clippers cruise past Bucks for 9th straight win

Clippers cruise past Bucks for 9th straight win
December 15, 2012, 11:01 pm
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Milwaukee Bucks' Luc Richard Mbah a Moute (12) and Los Angeles Clippers' Blake Griffin (32) battle for a rebound during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

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MILWAUKEE (AP) Matt Barnes scored 21 points, Blake Griffin had 18 points and 11 rebounds and the Los Angeles Clippers routed the cold-shooting Milwaukee Bucks 111-85 on Saturday night for their ninth consecutive victory.

DeAndre Jordan added 15 points and 11 rebounds for Los Angeles, which had lost three in a row in Milwaukee. Griffin had three spectacular dunks in a brief stretch in the third quarter.

It's the longest winning streak for the franchise since the Buffalo Braves captured 11 in a row during the 1974-75 season

The Bucks, who had won four in a row, shot 36 percent from the field.

Marquis Daniels scored 16 points for Milwaukee and Monta Ellis had 13, but went 4 for 14 from the floor. Brandon Jennings was held to nine points on 3-for-13 shooting.

The Clippers put together a 20-6 surge to build a 28-15 lead after one. Jordan had eight points in the first.

The Bucks scored the first seven points of the second period, including back-to-back 3-pointers by Ersan Ilyasova and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute. Milwaukee was down six at 32-26 when the Clippers scored 23 of the final 32 points of the quarter to lead 55-35 at the break.

The Bucks shot just 26.2 percent from the floor in the over the first two quarters, compared with 52.5 percent for the Clippers.

Milwaukee outscored Los Angeles 27-24 in the third but the Clippers still held a 17 point lead at the end of the period.

Both teams played their reserves throughout most of the final quarter.

NOTES: A moment of silence was held in memory of the victims in the elementary school shooting in Connecticut on Friday. ... Bucks forward Mike Dunleavy, still feeling the effects of a bone bruise to a knee, sat out again. Dunleavy has missed six of Milwaukee's last seven games. ``He tried a little bit this morning and just didn't feel like it was right yet,'' Bucks coach Scott Skiles said. Beno Udrih (sprained right ankle) and Tobias Harris (lacerated right elbow) also didn't suit up. . The game featured a head-to-head matchup of the NBA's top ranking players in steals for the season. Chris Paul of the Clippers entered averaging 2.59 steals per game, with Jennings close behind at 2.52 steals. ... The shooting struggles for the Bucks rookie G Doron Lamb continued. Over the past three games, Lamb is 3 for 24 from the field. Lamb missed his first six shots from the field on Saturday before converting a layup late in the second quarter.