Morris hit a 3 that started a 14-0 run before Giannis Antetokounmpo drove the lane with four minutes gone for the Bucks’ first points in seven trips. Beal pushed the lead to 26-5 with a running layup off a pass from Satoranski. Kelly Oubre Jr.’s layup made it 40-20 just before the end of the quarter.
Wizards: The Wizards were 16 for 24 (66.7 percent) from the field in the first quarter. . The Wizards had 52 points in the paint to Milwaukee’s 40.
A choppy first half ended with the Bucks leading 46-45. The game got off to a testy start after officials called five technical fouls in the last 6:14 of the first quarter, including one each on Stephenson and Milwaukee’s Sterling Brown after the players got tangled up under the basket. At one point early in the second quarter, the teams had combined for 15 fouls and 19 field goals.
“Both teams were getting after it from the start. Both teams are playing for the same thing,” McMillan said.
Houston’s 14th consecutive victory was in hand early and the Rockets went on to win 105-92.
Harden scored 17 of his 25 points in the first quarter, but claimed he wasn’t trying to stare down the floored Johnson.
“I was just trying to figure out what he was doing,” Harden said. “I didn’t know.
“I was looking at him and he was looking at me,” Harden said. “I was thinking, `What are you doing?’ I was going to shoot it, but I was waiting to figure out what was going on. I was confused. And then I shot it.”
The Clippers had played the previous night in Denver, while the Rockets had the day off.
The Clippers are also missing guards Patrick Beverley (knee surgery) and rookie Jawun Evans (abdominal strain).