Sat. Final: Clippers 101, Bucks 92
Next game: Monday, January 19 at Portland
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Brian Skinner scored 18 points and the Los Angeles Clippers overcame a fourth-quarter injury to Marcus Camby, beating the Milwaukee Bucks 101-92 on Saturday night to snap a 12-game losing streak.
The Clippers, whose skid began with a 119-85 thumping at Milwaukee on Dec. 20, played the final 8:53 without Camby after he sprained his left ankle landing awkwardly with a rebound of Steve Novak's missed jumper.
Los Angeles was leading 83-76 when Camby was helped to the dressing room. The NBA's second-leading rebounder, Camby had 18 points and 11 rebounds in 31 minutes.
The Clippers, already down to 10 healthy players because of injuries to Zach Randolph, Baron Davis, Chris Kaman, Mike Taylor and Jason Hart, have beaten Milwaukee in nine of the last 12 meetings overall and eight of their last nine in Los Angeles.
Richard Jefferson scored 26 points for Milwaukee. Michael Redd, coming off a season-high 44-point effort Friday night at Sacramento and averaging 30.3 points over his previous four games, finished with 21.
The inconsistent Bucks, coming off a 129-122 win at Sacramento, haven't had consecutive wins or losses in their last 14 games, the longest streak in club history and the longest in the NBA since New York's 14-game stretch in 1997-98.
With center Andrew Bogut missing his second straight game because of back spasms, the Bucks were outrebounded 48-30.
The Clippers, who came in averaging a league-worst 31.4 field-goal percentage, finished at 54.4 percent. It was the first time they shot 50 percent or better in 39 games this season. Last season, they didn't do it until their 33rd game.
Los Angeles made 13 of its first 16 shots and got off to a 28-21 lead. Jefferson, who scored 22 points against the Clippers in the previous meeting, beat the first-quarter buzzer with a 3-pointer and matched Redd's 14 first-half points to help Milwaukee take a 53-52 lead at intermission. Skinner, starting at center for the Clippers because of the injuries to Kaman and Randolph, made seven of eight shots in the half and finished 8-for-12.
Notes: The Bucks are 8-14 against teams coached by Mike Dunleavy, who was Milwaukee's coach for four seasons. The Clippers are 12-9 against teams coached by Scott Skiles. ... Friday night's win marked the first time the Bucks scored 30 or more points in every quarter since Jan. 10, 2000 against the then-Charlotte Hornets in Milwaukee. ... The Bucks came in having forced a league-best 16.3 turnovers per game and converting them into a league-best 19.2 points. The Clippers finished with 18 turnovers, which resulted in 19 Milwaukee points. ... Bucks rookie F Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, who helped UCLA get to the Final Four last season, spent the afternoon at Pauley Pavilion watching the Bruins lose 61-58 in overtime to Arizona State. He played his second game in L.A. as a pro, was 1-for-6 shooting with four points and six rebounds in 24 minutes.
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