Milwaukee – Robert Covington scored a career-high 43 points and 11 of 18 shots from a 3-point range to help the hot-shooting Los Angeles Clippers beat the Milwaukee Box 153-119 on Friday night as each team rested their top players.
Amir was also the career highest for the Coffee Clippers with 32 points, the highest match of his career with seven rebounds and seven assists.
The Clippers have made 23 shots out of 43 from the floor and 60.9 percent from the 3-point range.
Both teams played Thursday night games that reached overtime, with the Boxes winning 120-119 in Brooklyn and the Clippers 135-130 in Chicago. The only starter of these two games who played all Friday was Clippers Center Ivica Zubak.
Among the players in Friday’s game were Milwaukee’s Giannis Anteokoumpo, Chris Middleton and Jui Holiday, and clippers Paul George, Reggie Jackson and Marcus Morris.
This is the first time the Clippers have reached 150-points since their 150-125 win over the Washington Wizards on December 1, 2019.
For the entire season before Friday, Covington had no more than 21 points or five 3-point baskets. The Clippers acquired the 6-foot-7 forward from Portland on 4 February.
Luke Kennard had 23 points, Terrence Mann 18 and Isaiah Hertenstein 14 points for the Clippers. Jordan Nowra scored 26, Bobby Portis 25 and Javon Carter 18 for the box.
With many notable players missing, neither team was able to play much defense at first because both Box and Clipper were shooting more than 60 percent off the floor in the middle of the second quarter.
Box couldn’t keep up that pace, though they still shot 53.2 percent. But the clippers never cooled.
The loudest noise during the first quarter timeout was when a video on the Fischer Forum scoreboard showed the highlights of Antetokunampor’s career and mentioned that he was the all-time top scorer in the box. The crowd chanted “MVP! MVP!” For Antetokounmpo, whose 14,216 career points enabled him to surpass Karim Abdul-Jabbar for the franchise record.
Clippers: This was Clippers’ ultimate regular-season road trip. They are at home for their last four matches. … Covington’s previous career-high 31 points came against the Clippers as a member of the Philadelphia 76ers on November 13, 2017. … The two teams faced off for the first time since acquiring Box Serge Ibaka. The four-team trade from the Clippers includes Rodney Hood moving from Milwaukee to Los Angeles.
Box: Antetoconampo has been ruled out for the third time in the last seven matches due to pain in his right knee. Middleton was missing for the third time in six matches due to pain in his left wrist. Box coach Mike Budenholzer said Holiday suffered a sprained ankle on Thursday. … Carter made his debut after joining the box last month. He made a start for Brooklyn earlier this season. … the box is now 20-2 when they shoot at least 50%,
Clippers: Host the New Orleans Pelicans on Sunday. The Hornet have won their last five matches with the Clippers, including three meetings this season.
Box: Host the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday. The Box have won 102-95 in their only previous meeting in Dallas this season, although neither Antitocompo nor Mavericks guard Luka Donsic have played in that game.