Milwaukee Bucks: 3 takeaways from 105-100 win over LA Clippers

MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN - FEBRUARY 28 (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN - FEBRUARY 28 (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images) /
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Milwaukee Bucks: Khris Middleton, LA Clippers Serge Ibaka, Patrick Beverley
MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN – FEBRUARY 28 (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images) /

With a four-game winning streak on the line, the Milwaukee Bucks welcomed the LA Clippers to town in what turned into their most thrilling game of the year.

It was a closely knotted contest throughout the entire 48 minutes, but the Bucks prevailed in the end with a nail-biting 105-100 victory. It certainly poses an argument to be Milwaukee’s most impressive win of the season after taking down one of the league’s premier contending teams, something they have struggled with this year.

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Milwaukee’s current win streak now stands at five games, and their record improves to 21-13 on the season. After some early struggles, they are now just one game back from being the top seed in the Eastern Conference.

With all of that taken into account, the Bucks undoubtedly feel good about themselves after picking up this one, particularly after they were trailing heading into the fourth quarter.

As the adrenaline rush has finally settled, here are three takeaways from the Bucks’ massive win over the Clippers yesterday afternoon.

First takeaway from win over LA Clippers — Milwaukee Bucks dominate inside and in transition

The Bucks have been one of the best teams in the association at both scoring in the paint and in transition this season. These two aspects have helped propel their league-best offense, and their excellence in those areas played a crucial part in Sunday’s win.

Milwaukee took total control in the paint on both ends of the floor by outscoring LA 48-30 on the afternoon. With the Bucks shooting just 31.6 percent from behind the arc in the game, they had to shift their focus to scoring in the post and in the paint, and they did it to perfection.

Meanwhile, they were fantastic defensively by holding the Clippers to just 30 points inside. Shooting 31.8 percent from long range in the game, the Clippers could not find any rhythm shooting from the perimeter, and the Bucks eliminated their inside scoring as well by packing the paint.

The battle in transition between these two teams was not relatively close either, as the Bucks outscored the Clippers 22-2 in the game. Milwaukee is the most dangerous when they are out on the break, and they were running loose against LA all afternoon, which provided a sizeable boost for this offense. Holding the Clippers to just two points in transition for 48 minutes also deserves praise as the Bucks handled their business on the defensive end.

It was a fantastic display of two-way effort from the Bucks, and they will look to build some consistency off this performance moving forward.