Los Angeles, CA.—It took the Los Angeles Clippers (7-5) an extra five minutes to take down the team with the second best record in the East. They used almost all of the 53 minutes played in the game to get the victory defeating the Milwaukee Bucks 128-126 in OT.
The Clippers coming off a tough 116-105 loss to the Portland Trailblazers in their previous game but winners of three of it’s last four. They went up against a Bucks team with tons of momentum after defeating the two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors 134-111 on Friday Night.
The Clippers surrendered an early 15 point lead early in the second quarter and went into halftime down a basket (64-62).
Then Montrezl Harell happened. His energy and efforts alone may have propelled the Clippers to a 89-84 lead into the 4th. Then the reigning Sixth Man of the Year Lou Williams hit the shot with 0.3 sec remaining to give the Clippers the win.
Harell finished with a team-high 26 points (9-12 fg) and had 9 rebounds (6 off) and said after the game: "I come in here every night just looking to give my team the extra boost and that extra push to just will us to win the game."
Tobias Harris who finished with a double-double 20 points and 11 rebounds said: "They're a top team in the whole league playing phenomenal basketball, We kept fighting and found a way." Patrick Beverly had 21 points and season high five made three’s and rookie Shai Gilgeous-Alexander picked up where he left off in Portland chipping in with 16 points and 4 assist.
The hero of the night was Harrell, but the closer was Lou Williams hitting the game winning basket. He did not have a great offensive output scoring the ball with just 12 points (5-15 fg), but hit the biggest basket of the night to give his team the win. Coach Doc Rivers said after the game: "These type of guys are different, they think every miss means they're closer to making 10 in a row."
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The Milwaukee Bucks (9-3) suffered just their third loss in it’s first 12 games. They were able to put the game into extras when guard Eric Bledsoe tied the game in regulation (119-119) on a three that needed a few extra bounces to fall. They just fell short in the final five minutes.
Bledsoe who finished with 15 points said: "I've got to do a better job of making better reads, especially down the stretch, knowing when to attack, knowing when to pass. I was really indecisive."
All-Star Giannis Antetokounmpo who started the game slow finished with 27 points and a game-high 18 rebounds: "Offensively, I felt kind of weird going down in the fourth quarter and overtime because we've been blowing teams out this year.” He felt this type of game would help his team grow.
Former Rookie of the Year Malcolm Brogdon had 23 points and former Laker Brook Lopez in his first return to Staples Center since signing with Milwaukee took all three point field goal atttempts in the game (12) and made six of them tying his career high.
Head coach Mike Budenholzer said after the game: “This is a resilient group, and we will learn from today and get better.” They now travel to Denver to play a back-to-back to take on the 9-3 Nuggets.
Clippers Next Game: Monday 11/11 vs Golden State Warriors @7:30 PT.