Bucks, Delfino on target
Delfino scored 21 of his 26 points in the second half and made a career-high seven three-pointers to lead the Bucks to a 102-78 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday night.
“It’s huge,” Delfino said. “When we play together, we’re a different team, we can make a run.”
Everyone certainly pitched in for the short-handed Bucks, who came in losers of seven of eight.
John Salmons added 16 points and tied a career-high with 12 assists for Milwaukee, Brandon Jennings scored 20 points to match his best performance since returning from surgery, and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds.
“We keep saying we need to make this push and it’s right now,” Mbah a Moute said. “Tonight was one of the best nights we’ve played in a while.”
Mbah a Moute did an admirable job trying to slow Clippers’ star Blake Griffin, who still finished with 19 points, 12 rebounds and six assists.
“I doubt anybody’s going to guard him any better than that one on one,” Bucks coach Scott Skiles said. “Luc did a great job on him, no question.”
The Clippers are 1-6 on this marathon 11-game, 21-day road trip that encompasses the Grammys and the All-Star break.
Delfino hit five of Milwaukee’s six three-pointers in the fourth quarter, including three in a 4-minute stretch as the Bucks used a 14-1 run to take an 85-68 lead. The Bucks shot 51 percent overall and 11 of 26 from three-point range. Delfino made 7 of his 10 attempts from deep.
The Bucks continue to be hampered by injuries and were without Corey Maggette (back) and Drew Gooden (left foot). They lost Ersan Ilyasova (right eye) early in the first quarter.
Still, Milwaukee blistered the Clippers down the stretch even without Andrew Bogut, who finished with 10 points but fouled out early in the fourth quarter.
Baron Davis scored 22 points and Randy Foye finished with 16 for the Clippers, who fell to 4-21 on the road this season.
The Clippers fell apart again in the final period.
“The fourth quarters kill us. When the game gets a little tight we don’t execute as well,” Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro said. “There is no miracle pill for it. There is no quick answer. It’s just staying together.”