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Griffin notches triple-double as Clippers rout Bucks
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Blake Griffin recorded his first triple- double of the season to lead the Los Angeles Clippers over the Milwaukee Bucks, 117-101, at Staples Center.
Griffin finished with 23 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists and threw down an exclamation point on his all-around effort with another sensational dunk during a game-sealing run in the fourth quarter.
Matt Barnes made six 3-pointers en route to a 20-point effort, Jamal Crawford chipped in 25 points and Chris Paul added 14 points and nine assists for the Clippers, who were coming off a home loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Milwaukee had four won in a row coming in, but allowed the Clippers to shoot 54 percent from the field while getting outscored in the paint by a 52-36 margin.
Monta Ellis scored 18 of his 22 points in the first half, Ersan Ilyasova followed with 20 points and Brandon Jennings donated 18 with 12 assists in the loss.
A high-paced first quarter ended with the Clippers holding a 34-32 lead, and as the Bucks' efficient shooting cooled off slightly in the second, LA continued to light up the scoreboard.
Barnes hit three of the Clippers' five 3-pointers in the frame, and Crawford drained another just before the buzzer for a 66-58 lead at the break.
The Bucks scored seven straight points late in the third and pulled within 85-82, but Paul drove in for a layup and made two free throws in the final minute to give the Clippers a seven-point edge heading into the fourth.
It was a five-point game before the hosts pulled away on a 15-3 run. Barnes connected twice from long range during flurry, and Griffin sealed it with a windmill slam off a between-the-legs pass from Crawford.
Griffin has three career triple-doubles ... Milwaukee is 1-12 against the Clippers in LA since the 2000-01 season ... Bucks center Larry Sanders scored 11 points and grabbed seven rebounds, but had his streak of at least one block end at 40 games.
03/07 00:57:12 ET
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