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DeAndre Jordan had 25 points and 22 rebounds as the Los Angeles Clippers snapped a four-game losing streak with a 127-120 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee.
Austin Rivers scored 22 points, Lou Williams had 19 and Tobias Harris added 18 for the Clippers, who shot 52.3 percent from the field. Milos Teodosic scored 15 points and Montrezl Harrell added 13.
Milwaukee All-Star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo departed after injuring his right ankle in the second quarter. He had 12 points in 17 minutes before exiting as Milwaukee lost for the ninth time in the past 13 games.
Khris Middleton scored a team-high 23 points for the Bucks and Jabari Parker added 20. Eric Bledsoe scored 19 points, Shabazz Muhammad added 12 and John Henson scored 10 as Milwaukee shot 54.9 percent from the field.
Jordan’s latest big rebounding outing — he has 13 games of 20 or more this season — helped the Clippers possess a 47-33 edge on the boards.
The victory moved Los Angeles within two games of the eighth-place Utah Jazz in the Western Conference playoff race. The Denver Nuggets are a half-game ahead of the Clippers in ninth place.
Milwaukee trailed 67-63 after a basket by Henson with 8:33 remaining in the third quarter before Los Angeles went on a 13-4 surge. Harris made two 3-pointers during the run and Rivers sank one as the Clippers took an 80-67 lead.
Rivers made another trey with 2:55 left to give Los Angeles an 89-75 advantage, and the Clippers held a 97-83 edge entering the fourth quarter.
Los Angeles increased its lead to 106-87 on Harrell’s dunk with 8:24 remaining. Milwaukee got back into the contest with a 13-3 charge to trail by nine with 5:02 left.
The Bucks moved within 114-109 on Bledsoe’s 3-pointer with 1:46 left but were unable to get closer than four points down the stretch.
Jordan had 17 points and 16 rebounds as the Clippers led 64-57 at the break.
Los Angeles used a 15-0 burst — scoring the last 13 of the first quarter and first two of the second — to take a 40-24 lead. The lead still stood at 13 after Williams knocked down a jumper with 5:39 left in the half.
The Bucks responded with a 15-6 charge and pulled within 61-57 on Middleton’s 3-pointer with 1:10 left.
However, Teodosic drained his own 3-pointer with 20 seconds left to give the Clippers the seven-point halftime lead.
—Field Level Media