Clippers rally to beat Bucks 105-98, improve playoff hopes
ABS-CBN Sports on Mar 28, 2018 01:10 PM
Milwaukee Bucks Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) drives as Los Angeles Clippers forward Tobias Harris (34) defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles on Tuesday, March 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)
By Beth Harris, Associated Press
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Tobias Harris scored 19 points, DeAndre Jordan had a double-double and the Los Angeles Clippers rallied after blowing a 16-point lead to beat the Milwaukee Bucks 105-98 on Tuesday night (Wednesday, PHL time) and boost their playoff hopes.
The Clippers hit six three-pointers in the fourth, when they were down by five and launched a 13-0 run to go back in front 96-88.
They made three-pointers on four straight possessions — by four different players — for a 105-96 lead.
Jordan had 12 points and 16 rebounds, and Lou Williams added 16 points off the bench.
Los Angeles trails Minnesota by 1.5 games for the eighth and final Western Conference playoff berth.
Milos Teodosic got their three-point run going in the first quarter, when he made four of the Clippers' seven three-pointers.
Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 26 points and Khris Middleton added 22 for the Bucks, who opened a four-game Western Conference swing by having their two-game winning streak snapped.
The Clippers came out strongly to start the second quarter, extending their lead to 16 on a dunk by Williams.
But Middleton and the Bucks chipped away, outscoring the Clippers 26-15 in the third. Antetokounmpo had 10 points to help send Milwaukee into the fourth leading 82-78.
The Bucks ended the third on a 9-0 run, including back-to-back baskets by Tyler Zeller that gave them their first lead since the initial basket of the game.
Bucks: Backup C Thon Maker sat out with a right groin strain. ... Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers attended.
Clippers: They have won 5-of-7 against the Bucks, including a 127-120 win last week. ... F Danilo Gallinari (right hand contusion, non-displaced fracture) could return Friday (Saturday, PHL time) at Portland or Sunday (Monday, PHL time) against Indiana. He's missed 17 games with the latest in a string of injuries this season.
Bucks: Visit Golden State on Thursday (Friday, PHL time). They lost to the Warriors 108-94 at home on Jan. 12 (Jan. 13, PHL time).
Clippers: Visit Phoenix on Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time) in the second game of a back-to-back, their last one of the season. They are 3-7 on the road in the second game.