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    Clippers blow 16-point lead but recover to beat Bucks and boost playoff hopes

    Mar 28, 2018
    Tobias Harris led the Clippers with 19 points. AP

    LOS ANGELES — Tobias Harris scored 19 points, DeAndre Jordan had a double-double and the Los Angeles Clippers rallied after blowing a 16-point lead to beat the Milwaukee Bucks 105-98 on Tuesday night (Wednesday, Manila time) and boost their playoff hopes.

    The Clippers hit six 3-pointers in the fourth, when they were down by five and launched a 13-0 run to go back in front 96-88.

    They made 3-pointers on four straight possessions — by four different players — for a 105-96 lead.

    Jordan had 12 points and 16 rebounds, and Lou Williams added 16 points off the bench.

    Los Angeles trails Minnesota by 1 ½ games for the eighth and final Western Conference playoff berth.

    Milos Teodosic got their 3-point run going in the first quarter, when he made four of the Clippers' seven 3-pointers.

    Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 26 points and Khris Middleton added 22 for the Bucks, who opened a four-game Western Conference swing by having their two-game winning streak snapped.

    The Clippers came out strongly to start the second quarter, extending their lead to 16 on a dunk by Williams.

    But Middleton and the Bucks chipped away, outscoring the Clippers 26-15 in the third. Antetokounmpo had 10 points to help send Milwaukee into the fourth leading 82-78.

    The Bucks ended the third on a 9-0 run, including back-to-back baskets by Tyler Zeller that gave them their first lead since the initial basket of the game.

    TIP-IN

    Bucks: Backup C Thon Maker sat out with a right groin strain. ... Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers attended.

    Clippers: They have won five of seven against the Bucks, including a 127-120 win last week. ... F Danilo Gallinari (right hand contusion, non-displaced fracture) could return Friday at Portland or Sunday against Indiana. He's missed 17 games with the latest in a string of injuries this season.

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    Bucks: Visit Golden State on Thursday. They lost to the Warriors 108-94 at home on Jan. 12.

    Clippers: Visit Phoenix on Wednesday in the second game of a back-to-back, their last one of the season. They are 3-7 on the road in the second game.

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    Tobias Harris led the Clippers with 19 points. AP
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