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Bucks stuck in January rut, lose big to Clippers

Milwaukee, WI (SportsNetwork.com) - Jamal Crawford racked up 25 points in just 24 minutes as the Los Angeles Clippers rolled to an easy 114-86 win over the hapless Milwaukee Bucks at the Bradley Center.

Crawford followed up a season-best 37-point performance in Saturday's 126-118 decision over Toronto by sinking 5-of-9 attempts from 3-point range in this one, helping the Clippers close out a seven-game road trip at 5-2 after posting a third straight victory.

Blake Griffin added 20 points in the rout and Darren Collison had 15 on 5-of-6 shooting to go along with seven assists. J.J. Redick finished with 14 points, with DeAndre Jordan pulling down 18 rebounds for Los Angeles.

Ersan Ilyasova scored 16 points and Khris Middleton had 14 for Milwaukee, but the Bucks shot a poor 38.2 percent from the field to fall to 1-12 in January.

"Against a team like the Clippers, you have to be clicking on all cylinders," Bucks head coach Larry Drew said.

The NBA-worst Bucks were able to hang around over the game's first 15 minutes, but the Clippers assumed control midway through the second quarter and dominated from there.

Los Angeles outscored Milwaukee by a 28-7 margin over the final 8:19 of the half, turning a two-point lead into a commanding 64-41 advantage at the break.

"We were getting stops and getting to the foul line. We were getting good shots, good open looks, but our defense is what allowed us to do that," Griffin said.

Crawford scored seven straight points at one stage of the run and Griffin poured in 11 over the length of the flurry, giving the All-Star forward 18 points on 7-of-10 shooting for the initial two quarters.

Milwaukee never posed a serious challenge the rest of the way, with the Clippers ahead by at least 19 points in the third quarter and entering the fourth owning a comfortable 84-61 cushion.

Crawford drained a pair of 3-pointers in the final minute of the first quarter as Los Angeles opened up a 32-25 lead at period's end, but the Bucks began the second on a 7-2 spurt to trim the deficit to two just over two minutes into the frame.

Game Notes

The Bucks played without both guard O.J. Mayo and center Larry Sanders, both of whom were held out due to illness ... Behind Crawford and a 13-point effort from Willie Green, the Clippers' bench outscored Milwaukee's by a 54-37 count ... The win was Los Angeles' 11th in its last 14 matchups with Eastern Conference teams ... The Bucks fell to 1-14 against the West this season and have now dropped 11 straight interconference games at home ... Milwaukee rookie center Miroslav Raduljica recorded a career-high 11 points along with six rebounds.

01/28 01:02:14 ET

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2013 - 2014 Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Toronto 48 34 .585 --- 26-15 22-19 32-20 L 1
x-Brooklyn 44 38 .537 4 28-13 16-25 26-26 L 2
New York 37 45 .451 11 19-22 18-23 26-26 W 4
Boston 25 57 .305 23 16-25 9-32 21-31 L 2
Philadelphia 19 63 .232 29 10-31 9-32 14-38 W 2
 
Central W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Indiana 56 26 .683 --- 35-6 21-20 38-14 W 2
x-Chicago 48 34 .585 8 27-14 21-20 35-17 L 1
Cleveland 33 49 .402 23 19-22 14-27 21-31 W 1
Detroit 29 53 .354 27 17-24 12-29 23-29 L 4
Milwaukee 15 67 .183 41 10-31 5-36 12-40 L 3
 
Southeast W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Miami 54 28 .659 --- 32-9 22-19 34-18 L 3
x-Washington 44 38 .537 10 22-19 22-19 33-19 W 4
x-Charlotte 43 39 .524 11 25-16 18-23 30-22 W 3
x-Atlanta 38 44 .463 16 24-17 14-27 28-24 W 1
Orlando 23 59 .280 31 19-22 4-37 17-35 L 4
 
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y= clinched division title
2013 - 2014 Western Conference Standings
 
Northwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Oklahoma City 59 23 .720 --- 34-7 25-16 36-16 W 1
x-Portland 54 28 .659 5 31-10 23-18 31-21 W 5
Minnesota 40 42 .488 19 24-17 16-25 23-29 L 3
Denver 36 46 .439 23 22-19 14-27 20-32 L 2
Utah 25 57 .305 34 16-25 9-32 13-39 W 1
 
Pacific W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-LA Clippers 57 25 .695 --- 34-7 23-18 36-16 L 1
x-Golden State 51 31 .622 6 27-14 24-17 31-21 W 2
Phoenix 48 34 .585 9 26-15 22-19 28-24 W 1
Sacramento 28 54 .341 29 17-24 11-30 15-37 L 1
LA Lakers 27 55 .329 30 14-27 13-28 15-37 W 2
 
Southwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-San Antonio 62 20 .756 --- 32-9 30-11 38-14 L 2
x-Houston 54 28 .659 8 33-8 21-20 31-21 L 1
x-Memphis 50 32 .610 12 27-14 23-18 29-23 W 5
x-Dallas 49 33 .598 13 26-15 23-18 29-23 L 1
New Orleans 34 48 .415 28 22-19 12-29 15-37 W 2
 
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Scoreboard
Local
Final
NOR 6
DUR 3
 
Final
MIA 99
CHA 88
12:05pm Today
NOR
DUR
 
Final
CLE 6
TOR 4
Final
DET 2
ANA 1
Final
NYM 4
ATL 3
Final
MIA 3
SEA 2
Final
PIT 2
MIL 3
Final
WAS 3
STL 2
Final
TAM 1
NYY 5
Final
KAN 3
MIN 8
Final
CHC 2
CIN 8
Final
TEX 2
CWS 16
Final
OAK 4
HOU 1
Final
LOS 4
ARI 1
Final
COL 9
PHI 10
Final
SDP 3
SFG 4
Final
BOS 6
BAL 5
11:05am Today
BOS
BAL
 
7:05pm Tonight
PIT
CIN
 
7:05pm Tonight
CLE
KAN
 
7:05pm Tonight
WAS
ANA
 
7:08pm Tonight
DET
CWS
 
7:10pm Tonight
ATL
MIA
 
7:10pm Tonight
NYM
STL
 
8:05pm Tonight
CHC
ARI
 
8:10pm Tonight
MIL
SDP
 
8:40pm Tonight
COL
SFG
 
10:05pm Tonight
OAK
TEX
 
10:10pm Tonight
SEA
HOU
 
10:10pm Tonight
LOS
PHI
 
Final
SAN 90
DAL 85
Final
MIA 99
CHA 88
Final
CHI 93
WAS 102
Final
HOU 120
POR 122
8:00pm Tonight
OKC
MEM
10:30pm Tonight
LAC
GSW
Final
NYR 2
PHI 4
Final
BOS 4
DET 1
Final
MON 3
TAM 2
Final
SJS 7
LOS 2
7:00pm Tonight
MIN
COL
7:00pm Tonight
CLB
PIT
8:30pm Tonight
CHI
STL
9:30pm Tonight
DAL
ANA
Final
NOR 6
DUR 3
 
12:05pm Today
NOR
DUR