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Giannis said of on-court duel with Barnes, who had 26: "He was killing out there. He played real well."
At least not that way.
Giannis reacted and was pushed away by teammate Khris Middleton. Giannis drew a tech but only after video review. Not supposed to happen.
Giannis said on play where he was fouled hard by Matt Barnes: "Immediately I told him my bad. He accepted it."
Bucks able to hold off Clippers with 111-106 victory. Giannis said his confidence is growing due to teammates and coaching staff's belief.
Who had the Bucks at .500 on December 13? I'LL TAKE IT.
Giannis ties career-high with 20. Bucks win. Chris Douglas-Roberts is held scoreless. Quite a night.
Kidd motioning for a timeout so he can advance ball. Now let's make sure to get the ball in, eh?
Crawford hit 3 to bring Clips within 109-106.
Knight tried to inbound and ball went out - ruled Bucks ball with 3-point lead and 2.7 seconds left. Play being reviewed.
Knight at line and hits both FTs for 106-99 lead.
Bucks played some solid defense on that last Clips possession, but of course Barnes drills a 3 anyway. 104-99 Bucks w/ball, 20s left.
Always nice when you have a 98% free throw shooter heading to the line late in the game. Bayless sinks both, Bucks up 8 with 34 seconds left
Jerryd Bayless leads the NBA in free throw percentage. That helps.
Review on ball out of bounds but it clearly went off Paul's leg.
Bayless for Giannis.
Even though offensive foul called on second drive by Giannis. Bucks up 99-92 with 1:17 left.
Giannis scored a huge basket against Barnes as Bucks go to him twice in a row. Yes, confidence.
Giannis back for Bayless now.
Just like that, Clippers within five. Paul with a jumper after offensive board on missed FT by Clippers and Redick sinks a 3. Kidd TO.
Bucks are 11 of 14 in fourth quarter.
Bucks run was 18-3. Clippers trail 92-83 at timeout with 5:34 left. Jordan at line after timeout.
Bucks' lineup to start 4th made me nervous as hell. But apparently Jason Kidd knows more about basketball than me.
Bayless drills a corner 3 and Bucks lead 85-79. Bucks on 13-3 run with Sanders playing major role, had a dunk and a short hook.
So: Kendall Marshall has a +16 differential in 12 minutes. Also 6 assists.
Bucks intentionally getting the ball to Larry Sanders AND IT'S WORKING?!?!?!
Foul on Sanders because home team momentum isn't good for anyone.
Clips have made 6/8 threes and turned it over just once after 4/14 from deep in first half. Not helping Bucks' cause.
End of three: Bucks 72, Clippers 71. Should be a good final quarter.
Amazing how uninvolved Blake has been given he's had Jabari and Dudley guarding him most of the night. Blake and CP3 7/22, 15 pts right now.
Barnes has 13 in quarter. Redick and Blake in with three subs, including Crawford.
Really nice work by the way from Knight to draw that fourth foul on Chris Paul. He almost had it a few plays earlier.
Paul picks up his fourth foul on an offensive foul with 1:41 left. Jordan Farmar in for Clips.
Kidd talked before game how team has to play more physical and keep it going full game. Is a test for young team going against Clips.
Some typical Bucks second half storylines: Jabari disappears after good first half, turnover margin flips in other team's favor.
Barnes dunks again and lucky to avoid another T as he goes past Bucks bench. Some people's kids, huh?
Barnes dunks over Giannis and taunts him. Tech called on Clippers player.
Knight scores on drive and Bucks have 5-point lead. Giannis with 16-5-3 in impressive showing.
Chris Paul and Clippers showing much more intensity in second half. Bucks leading 58-55.
Out of all the blocks, that Giannis block.
Barnes gives Giannis a pat on the butt after Bucks forward rejects his shot.
This is not normal: Chris Paul has 2 points and 5 turnovers.
For the record, Damien Inglis did not dress. All 10 Bucks players who saw action in first half were in scoring column.
Bucks up 30-18 in paint points, but shouldn't be surprising. For all their lobs, Clips only 28th in paint pts, last in attempts at rim.
HT: Bucks 51, Clippers 42. Jabari and Giannis each with 12. Bucks still at 54% shooting. Redick paces Clippers with 13.
This halftime fact is fun: Giannis and Jabari both on pace for new career highs in points tonight.
Now tech called on Giannis and fans are unhappy with that. No flagrant ruled.
Bucks assistants Prunty and Hughes raced to keep Sanders from going too far off bench.
Raked him over right arm.
Giannis fouled hard by Barnes and refs will review for flagrant. Bucks hot at hard foul. Middleton pushed Giannis away immediately.
This type of night so far: Parker has assisted Giannis on a dunk and Giannis has assisted Parker on a dunk.
Middleton ties up Griffin and Clippers player all hot about it.
Bucks bench players keep heat on Clippers. Marshall with a jumper and a nice assist to Parker for a dunk. Bucks lead 47-38.
Bucks making nice run against Clippers bench and take 40-34 lead. Now Mke shooting 58% on 18 of 31. LA starters due back after timeout.
Zaza drops it off for Giannis, who was going to lay it up but then realized his arms are 11 feet long. Lefty dunk.
End of one: Clippers 28, Bucks 26. Parker with 8 and Giannis 6. Clippers shooting 50% and Bucks 57%.
Bucks trail 25-20 after Giannis turns on Jamal Crawford and dunks. Redick leads Clippers with 10; Parker with 8 for Bucks.
Fast-paced start to Clippers-Bucks. Parker and Mayo each 3 for 3 but O.J. now on bench with 2 fouls. Clippers lead 17-13.
Kidd said Friday about Inglis: "He's still a ways out. He's still rehabbing."
Kidd on O'Bryant: "We'll see how the game goes. It won't be a lot of minutes if any minutes tonight."
By contrast O'Bryant has practiced twice the past two days and Kidd said he looked good. Could see him playing if needed.
Bucks say Damien Inglis is active for tonight's game.
Bucks start is one hour earlier tonight at 6:30 Central for family night. Could be a test of earlier Saturday starts such as Brewers have.
"Road games are hard," Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. He said he has kept his team on PST on current road trip so this is aft. game for LA.
Bucks coach Jason Kidd said Johnny O'Bryant would dress and be active for tonight's game against LA Clippers.
Spencer Hawes is out tonight for Clippers vs. Bucks. Hawes has left knee bruise. Chris Douglas-Roberts and Reggie Bullock are available.
Update: NBA teams are now 0-122 on shots from beyond halfcourt this season. Bucks are 0-1. Last season, there were 16 of these shots made.
Hello. Chris Paul plays basketball in Milwaukee tonight.
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