The Clippers shot 60 percent (37-for-62) from the field as they opened the trip with a 106-103 win at Memphis on Thursday, winning their third straight overall and snapping a six-game road losing streak.
Los Angeles played without leading scorer Corey Maggette for the third straight game due to a collar bone injury.
Brand, the team’s top rebounder and second-leading scorer at 20 points a game, led in scoring the previous seven games, averaging 25.7 points on 53 percent (70-for-132) shooting over that span.
The Clippers have won five of the last seven meetings with the Bucks, including a 105-103 win at Milwaukee last Feb. 21 that snapped Los Angeles’ five-game road losing streak in the series. It was the Clippers’ first win at Milwaukee since Feb. 23, 1997, and completed a series sweep of the Bucks.
Milwaukee snapped a three-game losing streak on Tuesday, beating visiting Minnesota 91-86. The Bucks had squandered fourth-quarter leads in its last two losses, getting outscored by a combined 70-30 in the period.
“Mentally, this was huge to get over that block,” said Michael Redd, who scored a team-high 19 points. “We were determined not to lose.”
Keith Van Horn had five points and eight rebounds in 15 minutes in his return after missing the previous game with tendinitis in his right ankle. Desmond Mason, the Bucks’ second-leading scorer at 16.7 points a game, sat out because of the flu.
Toni Kukoc started in Mason’s place, and had season highs of nine points, six rebounds, and five assists in 33 minutes. Kukoc, 36, hadn’t started a game since Feb. 27, 2002, while with Atlanta.
Redd was 3-for-3 from the line, extending his free throw shooting streak to 22.
An 84 percent career free-throw shooter, Redd had a chance to force overtime in last Feb. 21’s meeting with the Clippers, but failed to convert after being fouled on a 3-point attempt in the final seconds. He missed the first free throw attempt, made the second, then committed a lane violation while deliberately missing the third. Redd finished with 14 points on 4-of-16 shooting in that game.
This is the first of back-to-back games for Milwaukee, which is 0-6 against the Pacific Division this season.