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DeAndre Jordan is ejected, but Clippers beat Bucks, 103-90

In a balanced offensive effort, the Clippers took down the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night at Staples Center,  103-90.

The Clippers’ victory was their second in a week against the Bucks, who have dropped four of their last five overall and 11 in a row on the road.

Chris Paul had a game-high 21 points, including back-to-back three-pointers in the last few minutes. J.J. Redick put up 19 points, and Blake Griffin added 15 points, eight rebounds, and five assists.

The Clippers (16-10) recovered from a 7-1 deficit at the start of the game and took an 11-9 lead after a one-handed dunk from Griffin. They never trailed again.

There were moments of concern, however, particularly when DeAndre Jordan was ejected with 6:49 remaining in the third quarter for arguing what he believed was a missed call on the previous possession.

The Clippers led by 13 points at that point, and saw their margin dwindle to six in the closing minutes of the period. But they were bailed out by a pair of three-pointers by Josh Smith (13 points, four rebounds in 18 minutes).

Without Greg Monroe, Jerryd Bayless, and Greivis Vasquez in the lineup, Bucks Coach Jason Kidd opted to bring forward Giannis Antetokounmpo off the bench as an added scoring punch, a move that didn’t work as intended. Antetokounmpo scored only nine points in 34 minutes and made four of 12 shots.

Michael Carter-Williams and former USC Trojan O.J. Mayo led the Bucks with 17 points each, but both needed 18 shots to get there.

Next for the Clippers — who have won nine of 11 — is a matchup against the San Antonio Spurs at the AT&T Center. The Spurs are 14-0 at home this season.