Robert Covington scored a career-high 43 points for 11 3-pointers as the visiting Los Angeles Clippers snapped a four-game losing streak by beating the Milwaukee Box 153-119 on Friday night.
With four Los Angeles starting outs, Covington added eight rebounds and 15 of 24 shots from the field to the box for their first home defeat since Feb. 26. .
Los Angeles’ 153 points was the highest score in a regular-season game in franchise history, breaking the previous record of 152.
Amir Coffee finished with 32 points and Luke Kenard made 23 points for the Clippers (38-40).
🔥 43 PTS (career high)
🔥 8 REB
🔥 2 STL
🔥 3 BLK
🔥 11pm 3PM (career high and franchise record) pic.twitter.com/yiez0rUKL9
– NBA (BANBA) April 2, 2022
Covington didn’t hit from a single distance, as Los Angeles netted a season-high 23 3-pointer and shot 53.5 percent from outside the arc.
Jordan Noora paced Milwaukee (48-29) with 28 of 10 points from 16 overs. Bobby Portis provided 25 points and eight rebounds and Javon Carter took 18 points.
The box’s defensive fight was due to the absence of Giannis Antetocanampo, Chris Middleton, Jur Holiday and Brooke Lopez, who were dropped just hours before the tip.
Los Angeles went to the break with an 11-point lead in the last 6:16 overs of the first half, beating the box 21-8. Four of the five starters scored in double figures, with Kennard leading by 17 points, while Coffee had 16.
The Clippers did a good part of their job from the 3-point range in the first half, sinking 10 of 19 shots from deep (52.6 percent).
Portis led all scorers with 18 points, and Naora trailed very close with 16 points. Milwaukee has not had nearly as much success from a distance, though, having done just five of his 16 3-point attempts (31.3 percent).
Things got out of hand for the box after halftime, as they dropped to 26 at the end of the third quarter.
In a high-scoring first quarter, the Clippers had a 59.1 percent shot from the field and had to lead 34-30 early for 9 for 5 from outside the arc. Covington and Terrence Mann had eight points each.
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