Kaman, Brand Lead Clippers Past Bucks
L.A. Clippers 106, Milwaukee 98
MILWAUKEE, March 11 (Ticker) -- Looking for wins on consecutive nights, Los Angeles Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy had a variety of weapons to choose from.
Chris Kaman and Elton Brand scored 22 points apiece and Sam Cassell added 20 as the Clippers won their third straight game, a 106-98 triumph over the Milwaukee Bucks.
"It's great for us to get to .500 on the road," Clippers forward Corey Maggette said. "The last couple of games, we did what we were supposed to do. It's just great that our team came out and got a win. It shows more maturity in our team."
Los Angeles bridged the first two quarters with a 22-4 run to open a 42-24 lead with 5:05 left in the half. Vladimir Radmanovic opened the second period with a 3-pointer and Kaman scored four points during the burst.
"It was deflating," Bucks coach Terry Stotts said. "They executed well. They're a good team. They had a lot of potent offensive weapons. They have good shooters out there and they've got post-up players."
Milwaukee gradually cut the margin and got within 74-72 when Michael Redd went on a personal 7-0 run, capped by a a three-point play with 29 second remaining in the third period.
"In the third quarter, we let them back into it," Dunleavy said. "We had a lot of good performances tonight. They are a good team and are fighting for playoff positioning so we knew it was going to be a tough game."
Redd added a jumper early in the final quarter to forge a 78-78 tie and, after Kaman hit a short hook shot, Jamaal Magloire made a foul shot and Charlie Bell converted a three-point play to give Milwaukee its first lead of the game with 8:53 to play.
"It was a team effort," Bell said. "If we play the way we do in the second half in the first half, we would be an unstoppable team."
The teams traded baskets until Joe Smith nailed a 16-footer to put Milwaukee back in front, 86-85, with 6:31 remaining.
However, the Clippers went on a 16-6 run down the stretch to seal the victory. Radmanovic buried two baskets from the arc, both assisted by Brand, who also scored four points in the spurt.
"I was wide open," Radmanovic said. "I was confident in my shot selection and it went in. Right now, I have found my confidence and if you don't believe the ball is going to go in, you lose it."
Kaman made 10-of-13 shots, Brand grabbed 10 rebounds and Radmanovic scored 16 points off the bench for the Clippers, who shot nearly 51 percent (39-of-77) from the floor, including 6-of-13 from the arc.
"We are really coming together," Brand said. "That says a lot about our team and about our character. We are going to fight until the end because we are a good ballclub."
Redd sank 14-of-15 free throws and scored 32 points and Bell added 15 for the Bucks (31-31), who have dropped four of five and fell to eighth place in the Eastern Conference, one-half game behind Philadelphia.
"This was a playoff game for us," Redd said. "The intensity was there for us. This is (inexcusable), playing at home like this. It must change."