Clippers seek stronger effort in visit to Bucks

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(SportsNetwork.com) - The Los Angeles Clippers will dust themselves off from a recent loss and close out a three-game road trip Saturday against the Milwaukee Bucks at the Bradley Center.

The Clippers had a nine-game winning streak cut short with Friday's 104-96 loss to the Washington Wizards and were unbeaten in five straight on the road.

Chris Paul led the visitors with 19 points, seven rebounds and six assists, while Blake Griffin scored 14 points and Jamal Crawford totaled 12 for Los Angeles, which made 42.7 percent from the floor and turned the ball over 18 times for 21 Washington points.

Paul coughed up the ball six times and Matt Barnes five.

"We played a little uncharacteristic tonight," Paul said. "I don't know the last time I had six turnovers."

LA, which is 8-3 as the guest, opened the trip with a win at Indiana on Wednesday and will play two in a row at home versus Detroit and the Pacers.

The Clippers are fourth in the NBA with 106.4 points per game and had scored 100 or more points in each of the previous nine games.

Milwaukee is well rested and last played in Tuesday's 114-101 setback to the Oklahoma City Thunder. Russell Westbrook scored 28 points and Kevin Durant added 23 to lead OKC.

O.J. Mayo paced the Bucks with 18 points, Giannis Antetokounmpo added 17 and rookie Jabari Parker scored 15 points for Milwaukee, which shot 40.5 percent and lost for the fifth time in the last six tries.

"We missed a lot of shots that we normally make and I think that carried over to our defense," Bucks head coach Jason Kidd said.

The Bucks will have to slow down a hungry Clippers team looking to get back on track and are allowing 100.5 ppg. They have a 6-4 home record and will start a four-game western jaunt Monday in Phoenix.

Milwaukee has scored 100-plus points in 11 of the past 13 contests, including eight straight. Perhaps that will help against the high-scoring Clippers. The last time the Bucks scored 100 or more points in nine straight games was from Nov. 30 - Dec. 18, 1991.

Los Angeles and Milwaukee will play the first of two meetings this season Saturday and are slated to battle Dec. 20 out west. The Clippers took both meetings with the Bucks last season and five straight overall.