The Los Angeles Clippers didn’t seem to miss Chris Paul in their last meeting with the Milwaukee Bucks.
DeAndre Jordan’s dominance on the glass was a major reason why.
The NBA’s top rebounder may be in for another big performance Monday night, when the Pacific Division-leading Clippers look to continue their home dominance of the hapless Bucks.
Los Angeles (49-21) has won four straight meetings with the Bucks (13-57) by an average of 19.0 points and had little trouble coasting to a 114-86 win at Milwaukee on Jan. 27.
That was one of 18 games Paul missed with a separated shoulder, but Jordan helped soften the blow of his absence with 18 rebounds and eight points.
The center has been a force on the boards all season, leading the league with 13.7 rebounds per game while adding a career-high 10.2 points.
He also leads the league with 66.5 percent shooting from the floor and is on pace to join Wild Chamberlain and Dwight Howard as only players to finish a season as the top shooter and rebounder.
Chamberlain did it eight times, while Howard accomplished the feat in 2009-10 with Orlando.
"I’d be in great company, and it would be a great accomplishment for me," Jordan said. "But at the same time, we have a bigger goal. So I just want to continue to play the way that I’m playing and build on that."
Jordan was effective again Saturday, totaling nine points and 12 boards in a 112-103 win over Detroit as the Clippers won for the 12th time in 13 tries.
Facing the Bucks at Staples Center could keep them rolling.
The Clippers have won 12 of 13 home meeting with the Bucks, including five in a row after Blake Griffin had 23 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists in a 117-101 win March 6, 2013.
Success on the glass for Jordan and Griffin could be in store again since Milwaukee ranks 25th in the league in rebounding, and no member of the team averages more than John Henson’s 7.3.
No Buck had more than six boards in Sunday’s 124-107 loss at Sacramento, during which Milwaukee trailed by 23 after the first quarter on its way to a seventh straight defeat.
O.J. Mayo, however, was a bright spot against the Kings, scoring 21 points while hitting 9 of 14 from the floor after being left on the bench for six straight games.
The guard missed the last meeting with the Clippers, while Brandon Knight went 3 for 12 from the floor to finish with nine points and seven assists.
Knight had only six points on 2-for-12 shooting Sunday. Despite the performance, he is still averaging 20.2 points in his last nine games.
Paul finished with 28 points, 15 assists and six steals Saturday after scoring 29 points in a 110-100 loss at Denver last Monday.
The Clippers are 28-0 at home when leading after three quarters.