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When Derek Anderson got knocked out, the rest of the Los Angeles Clippers went cold as well.

Glenn Robinson scored 24 points and Sam Cassell had 20 points and nine assists as the Milwaukee Bucks finally shook the Clippers for a 101-93 win Tuesday night.

Anderson had 27 points for Los Angeles when he ran blindly into a pick set by Milwaukee's Danny Manning early in the fourth quarter. After laying on the court for three minutes before being revived with smelling salts, Anderson was helped to the locker room and didn't return.

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  • The Clippers, who were down just 74-71, then fell apart. They committed five turnovers and missed 16 shots in the final 11 minutes to lose their fourth straight game.

    Los Angeles said Anderson suffered a mild concussion and would miss Wednesday's game at Minnesota, the third in a five-game road stretch.

    "When Derek went down, it hurt us, because he was having a great game," said rookie Lamar Odom, who had 22 points and 10 rebounds. "After that, we couldn't execute like we wanted to, and that was it."

    The Bucks, who remained unbeaten at home, began the year with five of seven games on the road. Ray Allen added 19 points and six assists for Milwaukee.

    "It wasn't pretty," Allen said. "There wasn't a lot of energy at any point. ... We've got San Antonio and Utah coming in here this week, so it was good to win when we didn't have much going."

    Clippers coach Chris Ford returned to Milwaukee for the first time since being fired by the Bucks and replacd by George Karl last year. He was greeted with indifference from the Bradley Center crowd, which saw Karl return the Bucks to the playoffs last season for the first time in seven years.

    The lead changed hands 25 times and neither team was ahead by more than six points until Cassell stole the ball from Eric Murdock and drove the length of the court for a layup that gave Milwaukee an 80-73 advantage moments after Anderson left. The basket was part of a 12-2 run that put the Bucks up 86-75.

    The Clippers were already without starting forward Maurice Taylor, who has a sprained foot. Brian Skinner had 10 points and 17 rebounds for Los Angeles.

    As he does for most teams, the 6-foot-10 Odom posed severe matchup problems for the Bucks. Danny Manning and Robinson were too slow to guard him, while Ray Allen was too short.

    "That guy's the real deal," said Robinson, who recognized a bit of his own rookie self in Odom, "only he's got better ball-handling skills than I did."

    Odom scored 22 points, including seven in the fourth after Anderson left the game. Late in the game, much of the Clippers' offense consisted entirely of Odom bringing the ball down and driving on Robinson, with Skinner crashing the boards to collect Odom's misses.

    Los Angeles pulled within 96-91 with 2:38 left, but Milwaukee took a six-point lead into the final minute, and the Clippers elected not to foul intentionally as the Bucks grabbed a pair of offensive rebounds and eventually ran out the clock.

    The Clippers' season began with cautious optimism but already is looking more Clipper-like by the day as the team fell to 1-6. Los Angeles was hurt by poor shooting, as starters Tyrone Nesby and Troy Hudson were a combined 6-for-26 from the floor and Odom was 3-for-7 from the free-throw line.

    Notes

  • Eric Piatkowski missed his sixth straight game for the Clippers with bruised ribs.
  • Ervin Johnson made his first start of the season for Milwaukee, replacing J.R. Reid in the lineup. Johnson has impressed Bucks coaches in the season's first two weeks with a renewed work ethic and his rebounding. Johnson had seven points and five rebounds Tuesday, while Reid had 11 points and eight boards off the bench.
  • Dale Ellis sat out for Milwaukee with a strained calf.

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