The Milwaukee Bucks don’t appear to have figured out how to shake their road woes against the Western Conference.
Milwaukee looks to rebound from its worst performance of the season as it continues a four-game trip against the Golden State Warriors.
The Bucks extended their road losing streak against Western Conference teams to 17 in a row with a 109-85 defeat Tuesday at the Los Angeles Clippers. Milwaukee has not won away from home against the West since a 112-101 victory at Sacramento on March 23, 2004, dropping all 15 road games against the West last season.
Milwaukee was also outrebounded for the first time this season and allowed Los Angeles to shoot nearly 48 percent from the field.
Andrew Bogut, the first overall pick in the June draft, played 15 minutes and scored two points for Milwaukee, which missed its first six shots as Los Angeles opened an 8-0 lead.
“We’ve been playing from behind all year, and I don’t know if it caught up to us,” Milwaukee coach Terry Stotts said.
Bobby Simmons, who signed a $47 million, five-year contract with the Bucks last August, scored 13 points in 32 minutes against his former team. Simmons, the NBA’s most improved player last season, attempted only one shot in the first quarter and finished 5-for-12 from the field.
The Bucks, who also visit Sacramento and Utah on this trip, have lost two of three after a 3-0 start. They have lost four straight to the Warriors, including a 110-103 home defeat on Nov. 8.
Jason Richardson looks to build on his best effort of the season after scoring 32 points in Golden State’s 100-82 win over visiting Chicago on Monday.
“The team depends on me every night, (and) the coaches depend on me to come out and give something,” Richardson said. “That’s what I’m learning as a player.”
Point guard Baron Davis had 10 points and six assists in 34 minutes and hit two late 3-pointers in a relatively easy night for his sore hamstrings.
STANDINGS (through Nov. 15): Bucks - 3rd place (tied), 2 1/2 GB, Central Division. Warriors - 2nd place, 1 GB, Pacific Division.
PROBABLE STARTERS: Bucks - F Bogut, F Simmons, C Jamal Magloire, G Ford, G Redd. Warriors - F Murphy, F Dunleavy, C Adonal Foyle, G Richardson, G Davis.
TEAM LEADERS: Bucks - Redd, 26.3 ppg; Magloire, 9.3 rpg; Ford, 9 apg. Warriors - Richardson, 21.9 ppg; Murphy, 8.5 rpg; Davis, 8.1 apg.
SEASON SERIES: Warriors, 1-0.
LAST MEETING: Nov. 8; Warriors, 110-103. At Milwaukee, Redd and Maurice Williams scored 21 points apiece for the Bucks.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Bucks - 2-1 on the road; Warriors - 3-1 at home.