11/6/19 LOS ANGELES, CA - The Los Angeles Clippers without Kawhi Leonard gave the Milwaukee Bucks all they could handle in their 129-125 loss at the Staple Center. The Clippers' Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell led their team in scoring both with 34 points, followed by Patrick Beverly 20 points and Landry Shamet 14 points.
Giannis Antetokounmop led Milwaukee in scoring with 38 points,16 rebounds, George Hill 24 points, Eric Bledsoe 20 points, and Khris Middleton 14 points. Antetokounmop became the first player in NBA history to score 200 points, 100 rebounds, and 50 assists in the first eight games of the season.
The first quarter ended with the Clippers leading by two-points 30-28, and Bledsoe led all scorers with 9-points and the Harrell for the Clippers with 8-points.
With 3:55 left in the second quarter, the Clippers were down by seventeen-points 58-41 after two free-throws by the Bucks'Ersan Ilyasova. Milwaukee went into halftime leading 70-59. Lou Williams led both teams in scoring with 18-points, and the Bucks' Antetokounmpo was 3 of 9 from the floor with 13-points.
The Clippers found themselves down 98-89 at the end of the third quarter, keeping close and in striking distance. The Clippers defense got them back in the game in the fourth quarter trailing the Bucks by four-point 107-103.
Moments later, Antetokounmpo was a force to be reckoned with and would not be denied, scored eight straight points giving the Bucks 115-103 lead. Milwaukee made some key shots and free-throws at the end of the game to help secure their 129-124 win over Los Angeles.
"Guys were physical with me, but at the end of the day you've just got to keep doing what you're doing," Antetokounmpo said. "I was trying to make plays, and trying to stay aggressive. That's what my teammates wanted me to do."
At the post-game interview with Doc Rivers, the look on his face after the game was the look of amazement after watching Antetokounmpo played tonight.
"He's a beast," Clippers head coach Doc Rivers said.
Lou Williams and the Clippers knew they let a golden opportunity slip by them to beat one of the best teams in the NBA and without Leonard, didn't play as well at the end of the game.
"They had us on our heels the whole game," Williams said. " We just weren't as sharp as we'd like to be."
The Clippers' next game will be at home on Thursday, against the Portland Trail Blazers. For more photos from this game, click on the button below Bucks @ Clippers Photos. All the photos are by Nick Koza/T.G.Sportstv1.