Clippers return home to face Bucks

( - The Los Angeles Clippers had a two-game winning streak snapped last time out, but they'll try to get back on track Saturday night when they return home to challenge the Milwaukee Bucks.

On Friday, the Clips fell to the Denver Nuggets, 109-106, at the Pepsi Center.

Jamal Crawford and J.J. Redick both missed 3-pointers during a Clippers flurry in the final seconds after Blake Griffin missed a free throw on purpose with 12.6 ticks left.

Griffin had 32 points and 12 rebounds to lead Los Angeles, Jamal Crawford scored 20 off the bench and Chris Paul added 17 points and 15 assists.

Clippers players were whistled for five technical fouls, including four in the fourth quarter.

"Coaches and players get technicals for losing their composure," said Clippers coach Doc Rivers. "I don't know if we lost our composure today, but I'm pretty sure we did."

They are 2-3 since a nine-game winning streak.

They recovered from a 59-43 deficit at halftime by scoring the first 16 points of the third quarter to tie the game. Griffin and Matt Barnes had six points apiece in the flurry and DeAndre Jordan scored the other four.

Neither team led by double digits after that.

The Clippers carried a three-point advantage into the fourth quarter, but the Nuggets scored the next nine, then led by seven with 7 1/2 minutes remaining.

LA tied the score several times down the stretch before Denver took the lead for good on Danilo Gallinari's free throws with 3:04 remaining. That sparked an 8-0 run punctuated by 3-pointers from Wilson Chandler and Gallinari.

The Bucks started the post Jabari Parker world with a loss on Wednesday in Portland. They came back one night later and earned a 108-107 victory in Sacramento against the Kings.

Brandon Knight scored 20 points and O.J. Mayo and Jared Dudley each chipped in 19 to lead the Bucks to victory over the Kings, who welcomed back DeMarcus Cousins on Thursday.

Milwaukee, which has won three of its last four, made 56.5 percent of its shots from beyond the arc.

With the game tied late, Dudley missed a rushed 3, but Zaza Pachulia pulled down the rebound, was fouled and split the two free throws with 6.8 seconds on the clock.

The Kings ran the final play through their best player. Cousins gained separation from Pachulia with a step-back jumper, however, his try was short and the Bucks held on.

Jerryd Bayless chipped in 17 off the bench and Giannis Antetokounmpo finished with 11. Center Larry Sanders was suspended for the game for pushing Portland's Nicolas Batum.

The Bucks beat the Clippers in Milwaukee one week ago. That snapped a five- game series losing streak for the Bucks, but they've lost their last six as the visitor in this series.