When Derek Anderson got knocked out, the rest of the Los Angeles Clippers went cold as well.
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.
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.
"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.
©1999 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed