Here are the scores, updates, and results of the NBA 2021-2022 Regular Season between the Los Angeles Clippers (LAC) vs the Milwaukee Bucks (MIL) on February 7, 2022 (All times are in Philippine Standard Time) at the Crypto.com Arena.
Giannis Antetokounmpo led the Milwaukee Bucks and dominated the Los Angeles Clippers in their home court.
Antetokounmpo posted 28 points, ten rebounds, and five assists in their third consecutive win. “The Greek Freak” also had 2 blocks, a steal, and made two three-pointers. Not only those, but he also knocked down ten of his twelve looks from the charity stripe. Holiday added 27 points and had 13 dishes, finishing the contest with a double-double.
Portis had 24 points on 8-12 shooting from the field and had eleven rebounds. Connaughton had all of his points come from outside the three-point arc as he scored 18 points and made six of his nine attempts from three-point land. Middleton put up 17 points in their win.
The Bucks squad are currently correcting bad habits and they hope they won’t bring it in the playoffs while most teams are looking forward to the All-Star break which will begin next week.
The reigning champs had a crushing second quarter against the Clippers as they tallied 32 points agaisnt the Clippers’ 19.
“I enjoy playing in January and February. This is where you have to get some wins, come out, set a tone and play good games,” said Antetokounmpo. “The last couple games have been fun. Guys are playing and shooting well.”
Since last April, this is the first instance where three Bucks recorded at least 24 points in a regular-season contest.
Awful third quarters are one of the bad habits that the Bucks are trying to leave behind as they approach the post-season. In 16 of their 19 games, they have been outscored in the mentioned quarter before the road trip, but in two consecutive matchups, they have had the advantage for the first time since late December.
The Bucks ignited a 19-3 run over a two-and-a-half-minute span to secure the lead. Within the run, Connaughton made four of his six three-points while Middleton score five points.
“We were able to do good things on both ends,” Budenholzer, the coach of the Bucks, shared his thoughts on their huge third quarter. “Pat started getting hot and went on a run that was pretty incredible. The running, transition and spacing was good.”
Norman Powell makes his debut in this contest after being a part of a five-player trade with Portland. He scored 28 points off the bench on 9-16 shooting for the Clippers while Morris Sr. tallied 20 points and eight rebounds. Covington, who was also included in the trade, had 13 points.
Tyronn Lue shared his thoughts on how he is pleased of the performance of his new players after the matchup.
“Norm attacked the basket and Covington provided defense and energy. There are some things we have to tweak but I thought they did a good job,” Clippers head coach said.
Powell is one of the UCLA products currently playing in the league. He grew up in San Diego and did not expect to be traded, but was glad to be back near to his home.
“They have a good thing going here, they fight, they compete. Like tonight, we fought, got it to single digits,” he shared. “I like that. I love a team that’s like that. I’m a grinder, I think I fit perfectly here. They have a good thing going here, they fight, they compete. Like tonight, we fought, got it to single digits,” he said. “I like that. I love a team that’s like that. I’m a grinder, I think I fit perfectly here.”
Clippers vs Bucks
28-32; 32-19; 39-30; 38-32
Clippers (113) – Powell 28, Morris Sr. 20, Covington 13, Zubac 10, Jackson 10
Bucks (137) – Antetokounmpo 28, Holiday 27, Portis 24, Connaughton 18, Middleton 17