LOS ANGELES -- Blake Griffin wowed with a triple-double for the Clippers, who beat the Milwaukee Bucks 117-101 on Wednesday at Staples Center.
Griffin had 23 points, 11 assists and 11 rebounds to post his first triple-double since his rookie season in 2010-11, when he had triple-doubles against Memphis and Washington.
He was treated to a standing ovation when he was taken out of the game with 3:55 left.
"I've been close several times this year," Griffin said of the triple-double. "It really is one of those things. It's exciting, but at the same time, without my teammates hitting those shots, it doesn't happen."
The Clippers shot 54 percent from the field, including 41.4 percent from 3-point range.
Griffin added his most difficult part of the triple-double -- his 10th assist -- in the third quarter. In the fourth quarter, Griffin got the 10th rebound after J.J. Redick missed a 3-pointer with 6:02 left in the game.
Jamal Crawford led the Clippers (44-19) with 25 points. Matt Barnes added 20, and Chris Paul had 14 points and nine assists.
"They've got a lot of different weapons they can throw at you, and we're concerned about trying to limit their inside play, try to do something with Chris Paul," Milwaukee coach Jim Boylan said. "You're hoping they don't have a great 3-point shooting night, and they did. They made shots and our defense on the perimeter was not as sharp as it could have been."
Crawford had the play of the game late in the fourth on a fast-break
when, with Griffin trailing, he did an under-the-leg move and left a
low alley-oop pass near the rim for Griffin to slam home.
For Milwaukee (30-29), guard Monta Ellis had a team-high 22 points and forward Ersan Ilyasova added 20 points. The Clippers outscored the Bucks 52-36 in the paint.
The Bucks got just 24 points from their bench, while the Clippers had 56 thanks to Crawford and Barnes. The Clippers controlled the game throughout and led by as many as 18 points.
All five Clippers starters scored within the first four minutes.
Paul had an alley-oop pass to DeAndre Jordan for a dunk, Griffin dunked, and the Clippers were doing their usual "Lob City" routine as they led 34-32 after the first quarter.
Ellis made five of his first six shots and had 13 points and four assists in the first quarter. Milwaukee shot 59.1 percent in the first quarter. The Clippers dominated the boards early, outrebounding the Bucks 14-8 over the first 12 minutes. Griffin had nine points, and Paul had five assists in the first quarter.
But on this night, Griffin had more assists than Paul (11-9).
"Passing the ball matters to me. Rebounding and scoring are the staples. That's part of my game," Griffin said. "The passing and hitting guys when they're open and creating offense is important to me."
"They're just athletic," Bucks center Larry Sanders said. "They're big, strong, athletic players down there. They utilized it. They used it well. Their point guard is the best point guard in the league. (Paul) is really good at getting those guys in a position to be successful."
NOTES: The Bucks had won their four previous games. The Clippers have won nine of 11. ... Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers sat courtside next to Clippers owner Donald Sterling. ... The last time the teams played, the Clippers won 111-85 on Dec. 15. ... After Griffin was hit in the groin by Oklahoma City's Serge Ibaka on Sunday, Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant said, "I probably would've smacked (Ibaka)." Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro responded Wednesday: "All these people that say, 'I would've smacked him.' There ain't no fighters in this league. That's just a bunch of talk. I thought Blake handled it perfectly." ... Coach Jim Boylan is pleased with the way Redick has helped the Bucks since he was acquired in a deal with Orlando.