LOS ANGELES (AP) — Marcus Morris scored 25 points and three other starters had at least 20 points, helping the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Milwaukee Bucks 129-105 on Monday night for their sixth straight victory.
Kawhi Leonard added 23 points and nine rebounds, Luke Kennard had a season-high 21 points and Reggie Jackson added 20 points.
The Clippers made 19 3-pointers, one off their season high. They hit eight in the fourth, when they stretched a 13-point lead to 24 points. Kennard, starting in place of injured Paul George, made four 3s in a row while the Bucks managed just two points during a stretch midway through the quarter.
George was a late scratch because of right foot soreness.
Giannis Antetokounmpo led the Bucks with 32 points, making 10 of 12 free throws, and Jrue Holiday added 24 points in the opener of a six-game trip, their longest of the second half.
Morris opened the fourth with a 3-pointer that extended the Clippers’ lead to 13 points. Milwaukee got to 105-98 on a basket by Antetokounmpo. But the Bucks were limited to 19 points in the period after being held to 17 in the second.
After Leonard missed a jumper, the Clippers got the offensive rebound and Kennard converted a 3-pointer to launch his personal run.
Los Angeles pulled away to a 12-point lead in the third, when the Clippers made six 3-pointers, including four in a row. Jackson had 15 points, hitting three 3-pointers and scoring six straight points in another stretch to send the Clippers into the fourth leading 96-86.
The Clippers led 57-55 at halftime.
The Bucks shot 68% in first quarter and closed with an 18-3 run that gave them their largest lead of the game, 38-26.
Bucks: Their four-game winning streak against LA ended. … P.J. Tucker (left calf strain) missed his third straight game after appearing in his first three for his new team. … Bobby Portis (health and safety protocols) didn’t make the trip.
Clippers: George missed his 12th game of the season. … Serge Ibaka (lower back tightness) sat out his eighth in a row. … Rajon Rondo (right adductor soreness) has yet to play since being acquired last week. … Team owner Steve Ballmer watched with his legs stretched over the seat in front of him in the stands with three companions. He’s spent most of the season sitting alone in a seat on the baseline.
Bucks: Stay in Los Angeles to play the Lakers on Wednesday.
Clippers: Host Orlando on Tuesday in the second game of a back-to-back.
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