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Clippers 114, Bucks 86

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MILWAUKEE -- Center Blake Griffin scored 20 points, and the Los Angeles Clippers extended their winning streak to three games with a 114-86 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday night at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.

The Clippers (32-15) shot 54.4 percent from the field and made 14 of 28 3-pointers while playing against the NBA's worst team.

Los Angeles guard Jamal Crawford hit five of nine shots from long range and scored 20 points off the bench, while point guard Darren Collison finished with 15 and guard Willie Green had 13.

Clippers guard J.J. Redick was limited to 24 minutes due to a sore back but finished with 14 points against the Bucks, with whom he finished the 2012-13 season after being dealt by the Orlando Magic at the trade deadline.

He played 28 games for the Bucks and averaged 12.3 points (7.3 points per game in the playoffs) before joining the Clippers in a sign-and-trade deal over the summer.

The Bucks (8-36) held a closed-door meeting after a 25-point loss to the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday, but with just nine available players, they couldn't keep up with the Clippers, who led by 23 at halftime.

Forward Ersan Ilyasova scored 16 points and forward Khris Middleton had 14 to lead the Bucks, who lost their third game in a row and dropped their 15th in the past 17. Milwaukee dropped to 1-14 against Western Conference teams this season.

Milwaukee trailed by as many as 33 against the Hawks and fell behind by as many as 39 on Monday. The Bucks have lost 10 games by at least 20 points this season and three of their past five by 25 points or more.

NOTES: As has been the case most of the season, the Bucks were without several key players. Gs O.J. Mayo and Gary Neal and C Larry Sanders were all out because of flu-like symptoms, and C Epke Udoh missed his second straight game because of his left ankle. ... Los Angeles PG Chris Paul (separated shoulder) was able to shoot during a pregame workout but missed his 12th straight game. Clippers coach Doc Rivers said there is no firm timetable on Paul's return. ... Bucks F Caron Butler spent the previous two seasons with the Clippers, averaging 11.1 points and 3.2 rebounds in 141 games. ... Through the first seven games of Los Angeles' annual Grammy Awards road trip, F Jamal Crawford is averaging 25.4 points per game.
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