MILWAUKEE — Sure, the
But this wasn't about the hapless
So instead of looking ahead to catching that flight back to Los Angeles, the Clippers stayed sharp and beat up on the Bucks, 114-86, Monday night at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.
The Clippers won the their third straight game to finish 5-2 on their annual Grammy trip, losing only to the
"We were flying here [Sunday] and I remember guys saying, 'Can't wait to get home,'" said
It wasn't until the second quarter that the Clippers looked fully energized. They outscored the Bucks, 32-16, in the period to build a 64-41 halftime lead.
The lead would get as large as 39 points as the Clippers dropped the Bucks to 8-36, the worst record in the league.
The Clippers shot 54.4% from the field, 50% (14 for 28) from three-point range.
"Got to be really proud of our guys because I thought they had really good focus," Clippers Coach
His three-point accuracy moved Crawford up in the NBA record book. He passed
The Bucks, whose average of 91.3 points per game before Monday was last in the league, lived up (or down) to their dreadful scoring standards.
Milwaukee also was last in the league in field-goal percentage, at 42.2%, and 26th in three-point shooting, at 34.3%. The Bucks were true to form there, too, making just 38.2% from the field and 18.2% (four of 22) from three-point range.
"To go 5-2 after being 2-2 on this trip, it turned into a good trip," Rivers said. "We talked about it after that loss in Charlotte. I said, 'Guys, this is a 2-2 trip, but we have a chance to turn this into a great trip.' And we did that, which is nice."