Mar 6, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Milwaukee Bucks point guard Monta Ellis (11) dunks in the first half against the Los Angeles Clippers at the Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Milwaukee Bucks Game Reviews: Clippers Too Much for Milwaukee

Blake Griffin pummeled the Bucks all night long en route to his third career triple-double, but in the end, it was letting Matt Barnes do work on them that ended Milwaukee’s winning streak.

Griffin dunked his way to 23 points to pair with 11 rebounds and 11 assists. Matt Barnes released his ten three-point attempts long before the Bucks’ defense could challenge the shots and made six of them.

Monta Ellis and Brandon Jennings continued their roles from the now-ended winning streak. Ellis attacked the basket and made his shot more often than not. He finished with 22 points on 15 shots. He did turn the ball over five times without nabbing any steals though.

Jennings went into a pass-first mode before looking for his shot in a late, failed comeback bid. He tossed around 12 assists and scored 18 points primarily by taking the three-point shots that were there to be had. It’s a style that suits him well.

The Bucks tried to run with the Clippers in a brisk first half, and it pretty much only worked for Ellis.  (Ersan Ilyasova, in particular, looked particularly overmatched trying to keep up with Griffin and Jordan. He labored on defense for the game’s entirety.) Monta made 7-of-9 shots on his way to 18 points.  But Los Angeles had their way with Milwaukee offensively, throttling the Bucks in three key areas: fast break points (14), offensive rebounds (7), and three-point shots (8/16, including four by Matt Barnes).

The Bucks hung close thanks to hitting 7-of-15 three-pointers of their own, plus they strung together a 13-3 run late in the second quarter just when it looked like they would get blown out by LA again.

Gustavo Ayon made his Bucks debut when the game was long decided. He scored his first points on a reverse layup in the final minute.

Two video clips:

DeAndre Jordan starts out this play further from the basket than the other nine players, then he makes up ground quickly.

And Blake Griffin ended the game with this one.  Trite kudos to DeAndre Jordan for the fake “I can’t stand up anymore, my legs are weak” reaction. Hadn’t seen that one before.


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