The Bucks acquired Van Horn from the New York Knicks in exchange for forward Tim Thomas during All-Star weekend. Milwaukee also sent reserve center Joel Przybilla to the Atlanta Hawks, completing the three-way deal.
Van Horn didn’t play in Milwaukee’s first two games after the break because he returned to New Jersey to prepare his wife and four children for the move. The Bucks beat Orlando 127-104 at home Tuesday, then lost 102-98 at Detroit on Wednesday.
“In acquiring Keith Van Horn, we’ve added an important piece to our front court as we look to build on our team’s strong first-half performance,” Bucks general manager Larry Harris said.
“Keith has been a solid performer, averaging over 17.0 points and 7.5 rebounds over his six-plus seasons in the league. We feel that Keith will strengthen our team as we make the push toward the playoffs, which has been our goal since day one.”
Van Horn started 47 games for New York this season, averaging 16.4 points and 7.3 rebounds.
“It gives us three days,” said Milwaukee coach Terry Porter. “That’s pretty good. It’ll be like throwing a little mini-camp for him. Gives us a chance to really go over everything with him and make sure he grasps as much of it as possible.”
Los Angeles finished a stretch of nine straight road games with a 101-86 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday.
The Clippers, who finished 3-6 on the trip, returned to their home court for the first time since Jan. 27 on Thursday and defeated the Boston Celtics 102-100 to snap a five-game losing streak.
Los Angeles is going right back on the road, however, starting a three-game trip in Milwaukee.
The Clippers have lost their last five games at the Bradley Center since a 99-86 victory on Feb. 23, 1997.
STANDINGS (through Feb. 19): Clippers - 6th place, 15 1/2 GB, Pacific Division. Bucks - 4th place, 10 1/2 GB, Central Division.
TEAM LEADERS: Clippers - Brand, 20.6 ppg and 11.6 rpg; Jaric, 4.7 apg. Bucks - Redd, 22.0 ppg; Smith, 8.8 rpg; Ford, 6.6 apg.
SEASON SERIES: Clippers, 1-0.
LAST MEETING: Dec. 17; Clippers, 93-83. At Los Angeles, Maggette finished with 17 points and eight rebounds as the Clippers built a 23-point lead and coasted to victory.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Clippers - 7-19 on the road; Bucks - 21-6 at home.