Bucks begin road trip against Clippers
(Sports Network) – Two of the biggest surprises early on in the 2005-06
campaign square off tonight, as the Milwaukee Bucks visit the Los Angeles
Clippers at the Staples Center.
The home team has won two straight and nine of the last 10 contests in this
series. Overall, the Clippers have won three of the last four games. Milwaukee
has lost eight of its last 10 at the Clippers.
Milwaukee begins a four-game road trip tonight. On Saturday, Maurice Williams
made a desperation three-point basket as time expired to give the Bucks a
thrilling 103-102 victory over the Indiana Pacers at the Bradley Center.
Williams scored 13 of his 19 points in the second half, while Michael Redd
netted 28 for the Bucks, who never led at any point until Williams’ 30-footer
at the buzzer.
With the Pacers up 101-100, Indiana’s Fred Jones went to the foul line with
seven seconds left to play and hit the first shot before his second missed the
mark. Jermaine O’Neal got the offensive rebound but couldn’t convert, and
Milwaukee’s Bobby Simmons grabbed the carom and kicked it out to Williams, who
dribbled up the court and let fly a long jumper that swished through the net.
Lightning quick guard T.J. Ford had 19 points and nine assists to help the
Bucks defeat the Pacers and improve to 4-1 on the young season.
The Bucks are also scheduled to visit the Golden State Warriors, Sacramento
Kings and Utah Jazz on the current road swing. Milwaukee is a perfect 2-0 on
the road this season.
The Clippers, who return home after going 2-2 on a four-game road trip, will
try and get back on the winning track tonight. All-Star Allen Iverson scored
28 points and dished out 10 assists to lead the Philadelphia 76ers over the
Clippers, 113-108, on Sunday at the Wachovia Center.
Elton Brand led all scorers with 32 points and Cuttino Mobley netted 23 in the
loss to the Sixers for the Clippers, who have not won in Philadelphia since
March 10, 1996. They have lost nine straight in the City of Brotherly Love.
Corey Maggette had 20 points versus the 76ers for Los Angeles, which had a
two-game win streak snapped.
The Clippers will be the visitors on Friday when they meet Kobe Bryant and the
Lakers at the Staples Center.