After an ugly and turnover-plagued first half, the Los Angeles Clippers trail the Milwaukee Bucks 40-38 at halftime Saturday night at Staples Center. The Clippers are in search of their third straight win, but committed 10 turnovers against a depleted Bucks team without Andrew Bogut and Mike Dunleavy.
Blake Griffin had 10points and eight rebounds in 21 minutes in the first half for the Clippers, who are 18-6 in their last 24 home games, dating back to last season. Caron Butler scored six points and grabbed four rebounds for the Clippers, who shot 42.9% (15 for 35) in the opening 24 minutes. The Clippers were 0-for-9 from three-point range in the first half.
Stephen Jackson scored seven points to lead Milwaukee in the first half. Drew Gooden also scored seven, and grabbed eight rebounds for the Bucks, who shot 35.0% (14 for 40) in the first half, including 1-for-8 from beyond the arc.
Reggie Evans played in his first game of the year for the Clippers and immediately made his presence felt. The power forward, who missed the first five games of the season with a sprained right foot, played in just 13 minutes in the first half but grabbed six rebounds and blocked a shot, providing the quality front court depth he was signed for.
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