The Los Angeles Clippers enjoyed a winning seven-game trip earlier this season but that wasn’t enough for them.
Now they can fare better on this seven-game stretch.
The Clippers seek a third straight victory to close out this trip Monday night against a lowly Milwaukee Bucks team that held a team meeting after its latest ugly defeat.
Los Angeles (31-15) went 4-3 on a trip from Dec. 4-14, and is looking for more following Saturday’s 126-118 victory over Toronto. Jamal Crawford scored a season-high 37 points and matched a season best with 11 assists.
"Whenever you can go over .500 on a road trip, it’s good," Crawford said. "We went 4-3 and we weren’t satisfied. Now we’re 4-2 with an opportunity to go 5-2. It shows the growth."
Blake Griffin scored 30 to increase his average to 26.5 on this trip. He figures to be relishing Monday’s contest since he has five double-doubles in as many games against the Bucks, averaging 22.8 points and 11.8 rebounds.
”This is the best Blake Griffin we’ve seen and he’s going to continue to get better,” Crawford said.
The Clippers have taken 10 of their last 13 games against Eastern Conference foes.
Milwaukee (8-35) is 1-13 against the West, and has lost 10 straight interconference games at home.
The Bucks dropped to 1-11 in January with Saturday’s 112-87 home loss to Atlanta that caused coach Larry Drew to hold a 21-minute meeting afterward with the league’s worst team.
”This was a totally, totally unacceptable performance,” Drew said. ”Do we have anything inside that will allow us to go out and compete at a high level?”
Brandon Knight scored 27 points for Milwaukee, which trailed by as many as 34. Knight made 5 of 7 3-pointers, but the rest of the Bucks missed all 14 of their attempts.
"This is not a time to make up excuses for what has happened to us," Drew said. "The situation is what it is. As I told the guys after the game, this is beyond basketball, it’s beyond basketball. It’s about representing what’s on your chest and what’s on your back."
The situation figures to get worse Monday for Milwaukee, the NBA’s lowest scoring team at 91.3 points per game. No team has averaged fewer points over an 82-game season since 2005-06.
The Clippers, in contrast, are one of the league’s highest scoring teams at 106.0 points per game – 119.0 in their last two.
Los Angeles guard J.J. Redick enters off consecutive 18-point efforts. He will return to Milwaukee for the first time since he averaged 12.3 points in 28 games for the Bucks last season.
Redick was acquired July 10 in a three-team deal that included former Clippers forward Caron Butler, who was traded to Milwaukee by Phoenix on Aug. 29. Butler spent his previous two seasons with Los Angeles.
The Clippers swept the Bucks by an average of 21.0 points last season. They had Chris Paul then, but are 8-3 without the injured star now.
”We’re doing it without one of the best players in the world," Crawford said.
Two of the league’s best shot blockers will be on display, with DeAndre Jordan averaging 2.4 for the Clippers and John Henson 2.2 for the Bucks.