Clippers passive, Bucks aggressive in L.A.'s 111-106 loss at Milwaukee

Clippers passive, Bucks aggressive in L.A.'s 111-106 loss at Milwaukee
Clippers point guard Chris Paul attempts a reverse layup against Bucks point guard Brandon Knight in the second half. (Tannen Maury / EPA)

For every one of the Clippers, their 111-106 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday night was about the team's leaky defense.

For Chris Paul, the Clippers' second defeat in as many nights was about more than just an inadequate defensive effort — it was also about his turnovers, his inability to get to the free-throw line and his fouling out with only 10 points.


The Clippers were simply terrible on defense, springing leaks inside, outside and just about anywhere else.

The Bucks shot 56.6% from the field and made seven of 11 three-point attempts (63.6%).

"We just didn't defend well at all," Clippers Coach Doc Rivers said. "I didn't think we defended the ball well. We didn't defend the three-point line well."

Milwaukee is not a team with a low-post presence. But the Bucks still had 50 points in the paint, most of that coming from drives down the lane and passes to open teammates.

Giannis Antetokounmpo did most of his work inside, scoring 20 points on eight-for-11 shooting.

Point guard Brandon Knight did his work inside and out, scoring 22 points on six-for-14 shooting, making three of five from three-point range.

"They just beat us off the dribble," Rivers said. "I thought their dribble penetration destroyed us tonight. And it led from there."

Paul had a frustrating night. One night after committing six turnovers in a loss at Washington, he had six more against Milwaukee.

"I had six turnovers again. I never did that before," Paul said. "I don't think I've ever had four offensive fouls in a game, either."

Actually, Paul was called for two offensive fouls, according to the official stat sheet — and those count as turnovers.

Offensively, Paul was not a factor, missing 10 of 15 shots and never attempting a free throw. He fouled out with 18.3 seconds left.

Blake Griffin wasn't a factor either. The NBA's No. 5 scorer was held to 10 points, 13.2 below his average, and missed eight of 12 shots.

Matt Barnes (26 points) and J.J. Redick (25) were the top scorers for a team that had won nine straight before Friday's loss to the Wizards.

"We've to be on the same page," Barnes said. "I thought we figured it out with our streak and I think we got comfortable, going back to our old habits."


All Paul could talk about was his turnovers.

"I was stunned, man," Paul said. "I played 35 minutes and they called one foul for me. But that ain't why we lost the game. We've got defend, we've got to play better.

"I'm out there getting turnovers like that. That's why I was stunned. I ain't that bad."

It looked as if the Clippers had gotten their act together, opening a four-point lead early in the fourth.

But they got hit with an 18-3 run by the Bucks, who surged into an 11-point lead that put the Clippers on their heels and sent them to back-to-back losses for the first time this season.

"We looked like we were flat tonight," said Griffin, who did have nine assists. "We looked like we didn't have any energy, any legs. We looked bad."