No Kawhi Leonard, no Paul George, no Reggie Jackson, no Norm Powell, no Marcus Morris Sr., no Nic Batum, no problem. All the Clippers’ reserves did is go out and break the franchise record for points, outshooting the Milwaukee Bucks’ reserves for a 153-119 victory. Read on for this full recap of the Clippers’ awesome win over the Bucks.

Summary

Life is so much simpler when you make more shots than you miss.

The Clippers did that tonight. Heck, every Clipper but Rodney Hood did that tonight. (And he was 2-for-4.)

Less than 24 hours after playing overtime games in other cities, both the Clippers and Milwaukee Bucks sat their marquee players. (And also some valuable non-marquee players.) But the remaining players still treated fans to an All-Star caliber show.

In a game with flashy but sporadic defense, it was the shotmaking that stood out, and it was the Clippers’ that finished on top. And it was Robert Covington leading the way.

The Clippers’ ballhawking safety took second-billing in their midseason trade with Portland but starred in his role tonight, scoring a career-high 43 points and setting a new franchise single-game record with 11 made threes. When he wasn’t stealing or swatting he was shooting and cutting, and he made the most of his game-high 24 field goal attempts by converting 15.

And yes, if you’re wondering, the vast majority of those came in the flow of proper offense. (The Clippers forced him looks in the last couple minutes to pad the record, but he missed those.) Covington was the key cog in an absolute drive-and-kick machine, and oh-by-the-way he had 8 rebounds, 3 blocks, and 2 steals too.

As for the seven other Clippers to play tonight, nearly every one took over for a stretch. Amir Coffey was the second-most productive, setting a career high with 32 points on 5 made threes. He led the team with 7 assists, 7 free throws made and attempted, 4 steals, and a gaudy plus-41 rating. An alien attending their first basketball game might’ve thought Covington and Coffey were the best basketball players on Earth.

Except when Luke Kennard was. He scored 23 points with 6 assists and 3 deep splashes. Or when Terance Mann was. He recorded 18 points and 5 assists and was at his fill-in-the-gaps best. Or when Isaiah Hartenstein was. He went 14/10/55 in 27 minutes off the bench, and when he wasn’t menacing the Bucks on the boards (6 offensive rebounds) he was faking them out with no-look passes.

As a team, the Clippers shot better than 53% from deep and 60% overall. Do you shoot better when you’re having fun or do you have more fun when you shoot better? It’s tough to tell what was happening there, or who was the real hero, but the Clippers did both things tonight, and maybe they were all heroes.

Notables

–The Milwaukee Bucks played too, although not Giannis Antetokounmpo, Khris Middleton, Jrue Holiday, or Brook Lopez.

–In their absence, Jordan Nwora and Bobby Portis Jr. played starring roles. Nwora was the perimeter threat, shooting his way to a team-high 28 points. Portis rumbled down the middle, piercing the Clippers for 25 points on 60% shooting.

–Old friend Serge Ibaka started for Milwaukee and came up one point shy of a double-double. He was also done dirty by this Terance Mann yam.

— Ivica Zubac was the lone traditional starter to also get tabbed tonight. He was solid as usual, scoring 11. Rodney Hood and Xavier Moon both got some run, combining for 12 points in reserve.

— This was the Clippers’ final road game of the season. They get to stay in their own beds until the play-in round.

Thanks for reading this recap of the Clippers’ record-setting night in Milwaukee. Stay on the lookout for more game coverage and analysis and an episode of TLTJTP soon.

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Thomas Wood

Thomas Wood

Writing about the Clippers since 2014 and also since 2019.

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