LOS ANGELES – The newcomers looked like they would be a good fit.
Even in the 137-113 loss to Giannis Antetokounmpo and his booming Milwaukee Bucks, the Clippers’ recent additions Norman Powell and Robert Covington seem as unwilling to give up as any of their new teammates, who three times this season have recovered from a 24 plus point short.
Powell and Covington knocked their first shots – both by 3 – on their way to taking 28 and 13, respectively, off the bench on their Clipper debut.
Newcomers’ new accounts include their 18 aggregate points in the fourth quarter, as they helped the Clippers cut their 97-72 deficit to as little as nine points – 101-92 – before the Bucks (34 -21) rallied again.
It was Milwaukee’s seventh win in nine games and the second night in a row they scored 137 points – matching their best of the season and setting a new season record for the Clippers’ opponents.
“They have one good thing about coming here,” Powell said. “They fight, they compete – like tonight we fought, reaching number one. I love it. I love a team like that… it’s my game, who am I. I’m a grinder, I think I’m a perfect fit here.”
“I think they did a great job,” Clippers coach Tyronn Lue said of the new Clippers. “Norm hit the basket, got to the free-throw line, scored on the basketball and I think Covington’s defense, his energy, his (two) counter-attacks, they did a great job – especially especially in the first game without practice.”
In a hot minute, the Clippers (27-28) tried to make it interesting – thanks to newcomers, who came through Friday’s trade, sent Eric Bledsoe, Justise Winslow, Keon Johnson and a future second round pick to Portland in exchange for .
With 9:40 to play Sunday in front of a crowd of 17,395 fans at Crypto.com Arena, Covington skated for offensive recovery and served the ball to Powell, the former UCLA star, who returned it immediately. to open 3 pointers cut a 25-point lead with 3:18 to play in the third quarter of 101-90 with 9:40 to start the game.
And when Powell’s floating player finished 28 seconds later, Covington was there to clear it up with a putback that closed the gap even further, down to nine. Together, the former Trail Blazers combined to get the Clippers’ first 11 points in this period.
But former Milwaukee UCLA standout, Chatsworth native Jrue Holiday and Bobby Portis responded with fury to quell this Clippers rally, reeling with 11 and 10 points in the fourth quarter, which The Bucks finished 36-21.
Debuting for his new team with the team that drafted him 46th overall in 2015 – and traded him that night for Toronto – Powell led all of the Clippers’ scorers and shot 9 for 16 , 4 for 8 from the 3-point range and made six of the seven free throws . He added four assists.
Covington won 4 to 7 and 3 to 6 for the Clippers, who lost for the third time in seven games.
The Bucks hit the highs of the season for a second straight game, following a 137-108 win over Portland on Saturday, when Antetokounmpo had 29 points with nine rebounds and six assists against Powell’s former teammates. and Covington.
They couldn’t avoid another Antetokounmpo onslaught, which continued Sunday night in LA, where he scored 28 points and picked up 10 rebounds as all of the Bucks’ starters scored doubles. . Milwaukee shot 54.5% away and hit 50% by 3 points (better than any other Clippers opponent this season), including scoring 14 to 20 in the second half.
After a 32-point first half, the Clippers’ regularly scheduled lull came in the second period, as their tally of scores stuck at the 9:36 mark and wasn’t marked back until 4:12 left before halftime, when Marcus Morris Sr.s ‘3 ended the drought and cut the Bucks to 49-47. Morris finished with 20 points, 11 of which came in the first quarter.
The Clippers went into the first half 60-51, ending the half without 19 of their last 23 shots before the break as they shot 6 for 25 (24%) from the field and 3 for 11 from 3 in that time.
The show was scheduled more often: Pat Connaughton played the constant-shot villain on Sunday – boxing four 3-pointers in a row early in the third round – to push the Bucks’ advantage to 79-56.
“He shoots the ball well,” Lue said. “Running in there with Gabe Vincent (in Miami) (six 3 in one stage), clashing with Duane Washington Jr. (four 3 in one stage) in Indiana, they got hot (and) they were too much for us tonight. ”
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