Innovation role filled at Hovis

first_imgHovis has appointed its first innovation director to lead the brand’s NPD programme. Sharon Barraclough has joined the company from Telefonica UK, where she held the position of head of brand and marketing strategy and was responsible for developing a new brand strategy for O2 in the UK. She also has experience of the food industry as a former European brand director for Western Europe at Mars Chocolate and head of marketing at Manor Bakeries, where she also focused on growth and NPD.Barraclough will now be tasked with helping Hovis to drive category growth with new products.Nish Kankiwala, executive chairman, said: “Sharon joins us at an incredibly exciting time and we feel privileged to have her on board our journey. Innovation is absolutely critical to Hovis and forms an integral part to our growth strategy. Sharon’s wealth of experiences in delivering ambitious and innovative business and marketing strategies will assist Hovis in continuing to lead the bread market with category-first initiatives.“Sharon is an ambitious and entrepreneurial marketer with a passion for innovation and we’re excited to have her on board during this exciting new chapter for the business.”Tim Stoller began as Hovis’ first convenience director in April, while the company continues its search for a chief executive to replace Bob Spooner, who resigned his post last October to take up an opportunity abroad, and also for a chief financial officer following Michael Kennedy’s departure in January this year.last_img read more

Ranji trophy: Meghalaya vs Sikkim tie ends draw

first_imgStaff CorrespondentShillong: Meghalaya recorded the sixth highest Ranji Trophy score in their plate group match against Sikkim in Bhubaneshwar on New Year’s Day, finally declaring on an incredible 826/7 after batting 171.4 overs.However, waiting until Gurinder Singh reach his century (101 not out) ate up time that could have been used in trying to bowl out Sikkim and the match ended in a draw today.“I’m unhappy at the decision to prolong declaration of the first innings on the third day, which led to a draw, thus depriving us of valuable points,” the Meghalaya Cricket Association’s Honorary Secretary Naba Bhattacharjee said. “Individual glory is great but not above greater interest of team Meghalaya,” he added.Sikkim had made 219 all out in their first innings. By the end of the second day of the match Meghalaya had amassed 555/3, with Punit Bisht having hit a triple century.Bisht would eventually be dismissed yesterday for 343 and he thus became the eighth highest scorer in the Ranji Trophy.Apart from Bisht, there were also centuries for Raj Biswa (175), Yogesh Nagar (148) and Gurinder in Meghalaya’s massive innings, which was declared before tea yesterday.Sikkim’s batsmen offered much stronger resistance in their second innings and lost only four wickets in their innings of 304 before close of play on the final day today.Gurinder took 3/84, while Aditya Singhania bagged 1/31. With a first innings lead, Meghalaya earned three points, while Sikkim took one.Meghalaya thus end their first season of the Ranji Trophy with four wins, two draws and two defeats.Also Read: J&K thrash Assam in Ranji trophylast_img read more

Giannis, Bucks hold off Kawhi-less Clippers

first_img Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum “We have one of the best forwards who’s not playing. Kawhi is going to sit out games, it’s going to happen. We can’t put it all on him. He’s got to take care of his body just like every other athlete on this team, so just because he’s sitting out a game, doesn’t mean we have the right to just drop a game.”Landry Shamet’s fourth 3-pointer of the fourth quarter helped the Clippers close to within 126-124 with 23 seconds left, but the Bucks’ Khris Middleton sank a pair of free throws, JaMychal Green’s 3-point attempt was blocked, Lou Williams’ missed and Antetokounmpo grabbed the rebound, was fouled and made a free throw to seal it.The Clippers (5-3) fell to 0-2 without Leonard, whose Raptors went 17-5 without him last season on their way to their first NBA title. Clippers coach Doc Rivers said Leonard is expected to be in the lineup on Thursday, when the Clippers host the Portland Trail Blazers.For the Bucks (6-2) to escape with the road victory, it took a typically stout effort from Antetokounmpo; the reigning NBA MVP finished with 38 points and 16 rebounds, nine assists – and a career-high-tying four 3-pointers.“We’re fine with (Antetokounmpo making 3s),” said Rivers, who lost a challenge disputing an offensive foul on Williams with 7:18 left in the game. “We did a pretty good job early on keeping him out of the paint. I thought as the game went on … he got us.” Antetokounmpo had the support of another prolific 3-point shooting effort from his teammates, including six from George Hill and four apiece from Kyle Korver and former Clipper Eric Bledsoe.Even then, the Clippers made it interesting, winning every quarter but the second, when they were outscored 42-29.Patrick Patterson, who has been starting since coming aboard as a free agent this offseason, said the Clippers’ performance Wednesday reminded him of what he saw from them from afar last season. Without any All-Stars, the 2018-19 Clippers won 48 regular-season games and pushed the Golden State Warriors to six games in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs.Related Articles What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates center_img “Definitely, their ability to pass and move the ball, how anyone could score on any given night,” Patterson said. “It seemed like it was a team, you know, rather than one person every single time. Of course, Lou’s gonna be him and Trezz is gonna be him, but just seeing everyone else on that team get theirs as well and everyone just pulling and cheering for them and just the whole unselfishness aspect is definitely something I saw (last) year and still continues this year.”After being limited by foul trouble when the Clippers lost the first game they played without Leonard in Utah, Harrell was Harrell at his best Wednesday. And Williams – who got the rare start alongside Harrell with Leonard unavailable – also had 34 points.“They’re tough to cover,” Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said. “They get to play with the ball for the whole game and are pretty dynamic. But I’m proud of our guys for finding a way to win on the road.”Clippers guard Patrick Beverley flexed for 20 points, 10 rebounds, a pair of steals and a blocked shot. Shamet scored all 14 of his points in the final period, when he made five of his six attempts.“That’s what he does, make shots,” Harrell said of the second-year shooting guard. “I mean, he’s a shooter. He hit some big-time shots to keep us right there at the end, if we’d have come up with one or two more stops, the game may have (ended) differently.” For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory PreviousLOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 06: George Hill #3 of the Milwaukee Bucks reacts to his dunk after a timeout during a 129-124 Bucks win over the LA Clippers at Staples Center on November 06, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.The Clippers’ Patrick Patterson soars past the Bucks’ George Hill, right, on his way to a dunk during the first half of Wednesday’s game at Staples Center. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo, left, shoots over Los Angeles Clippers’ Patrick Patterson (54) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Clippers’ Jerome Robinson (1) is defended by Milwaukee Bucks’ Pat Connaughton (24,) Khris Middleton (22) and Robin Lopez during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Clippers’ Ivica Zubac (40) works for a rebound next to Milwaukee Bucks’ Donte DiVincenzo during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell (5) dribbles past Milwaukee Bucks’ Ersan Ilyasova (7) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Milwaukee Bucks’ Eric Bledsoe, center, shoots as Los Angeles Clippers’ Landry Shamet (20) defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Clippers’ Lou Williams, left, shoots in front of Milwaukee Bucks’ Eric Bledsoe (6) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Clippers’ Lou Williams (23) has his shot blocked by Milwaukee Bucks’ Robin Lopez during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Clippers’ Landry Shamet (20) dribbles next to Milwaukee Bucks’ Wesley Matthews (9) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard, center, and Paul George, right, watch from the bench during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) is defended by Los Angeles Clippers’ Patrick Beverley (21) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Clippers’ Patrick Beverley, left, is defended by Milwaukee Bucks’ Khris Middleton during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 06: LA Clippers coach Doc Rivers reacts to a Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks block during the first half at Staples Center on November 06, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 06: Lou Williams #23 of the LA Clippers drives to the basket past George Hill #3 of the Milwaukee Bucks during the first half at Staples Center on November 06, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 06: Patrick Patterson #54 of the LA Clippers reacts to his dunk in front of Montrezl Harrell #5 during the first half against the Milwaukee Bucks at Staples Center on November 06, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 06: Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks back down Patrick Beverley #21 of the LA Clippers as Montrezl Harrell #5 looks on during the first half at Staples Center on November 06, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 06: Maurice Harkless #8 of the LA Clippers attempts a dunk on Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks during the first half at Staples Center on November 06, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 06: Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks reacts to a Bucks foul during the first half at Staples Center on November 06, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 06: Patrick Beverley #21 of the LA Clippers scores over Brook Lopez #11 of the Milwaukee Bucks during the first half at Staples Center on November 06, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 06: Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks watches his shot with Ivica Zubac #40, Patrick Beverley #21 and Lou Williams #23 of the LA Clippers during the first half at Staples Center on November 06, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 06: Ivica Zubac #40 of the LA Clippers dunks in front of Brook Lopez #11 and Wesley Matthews #9 of the Milwaukee Bucks during the first half at Staples Center on November 06, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 06: Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks dunks over Ivica Zubac #40 of the LA Clippers during the first half at Staples Center on November 06, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 06: JaMychal Green #4 of the LA Clippers drives on Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks during the first half at Staples Center on November 06, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.Milwaukee Bucks’ Eric Bledsoe (6) drives to the basket as Los Angeles Clippers’ Landry Shamet, center right, defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Clippers’ Patrick Beverley (21) dribbles against the Milwaukee Bucks during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Clippers’ Lou Williams (23) points after making 3-point basket, in front of Milwaukee Bucks’ Brook Lopez (11) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 06: Head coach Mike Budenholzer of the Milwaukee Bucks reacts to play during the first half against the LA Clippers at Staples Center on November 06, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.Milwaukee Bucks’ Eric Bledsoe (6) shoots past Los Angeles Clippers’ Landry Shamet (20) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 06: Maurice Harkless #8 of the LA Clippers attempts a dunk on Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks during the first half at Staples Center on November 06, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) is defended by Los Angeles Clippers’ JaMychal Green (4) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Clippers’ Landry Shamet, center, is defended by Milwaukee Bucks’ Brook Lopez, left, and Khris Middleton during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 06: Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks waits for an inbound during the first half against the LA Clippers at Staples Center on November 06, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) dribbles past Los Angeles Clippers’ Maurice Harkless during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Clippers’ Patrick Beverley (21) during the first half of an NBA basketball against the Milwaukee Bucks game Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 06: George Hill #3 of the Milwaukee Bucks scores on a layup in front of JaMychal Green #4 and Jerome Robinson #1 of the LA Clippers during the first half at Staples Center on November 06, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.Milwaukee Bucks’ Eric Bledsoe (6) dribbles against the Los Angeles Clippers during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) shoots against the Los Angeles Clippers during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 06: Head coach Doc Rivers of the LA Clippers reacts on the sidelines during a 129-124 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks at Staples Center on November 06, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.Los Angeles Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell (5) shoots over Milwaukee Bucks’ Robin Lopez during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Milwaukee Bucks’ Eric Bledsoe (6) talks to head coach Mike Budenholzer during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Clippers’ Patrick Beverley (21) runs back after making a three-point basket against the Milwaukee Bucks during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) dribbles in front of Eric Bledsoe (6) during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 06: Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks looks to make a pass around Montrezl Harrell #5 of the LA Clippers during a 129-124 Bucks win at Staples Center on November 06, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.Los Angeles Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard, center, and Paul George, third from right, watch from the bench during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 06: Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks scores on a layup past Landry Shamet #20 of the LA Clippers during a 129-124 Bucks win at Staples Center on November 06, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 06: Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks reacts as he is fouled by Lou Williams #23 of the LA Clippers during a 129-124 Bucks win at Staples Center on November 06, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 06: Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks scores on a layup between Landry Shamet #20 and JaMychal Green #4 of the LA Clippers during a 129-124 Bucks win at Staples Center on November 06, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 06: Head coach Doc Rivers of the LA Clippers reacts on the sidelines during a 129-124 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks at Staples Center on November 06, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 06: Khris Middleton #22 of the Milwaukee Bucks reacts as he is fouled by Lou Williams #23 of the LA Clippers during a 129-124 Bucks win at Staples Center on November 06, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 06: Khris Middleton #22 of the Milwaukee Bucks reacts as he dribble in front of Patrick Beverley #21 of the LA Clippers during a 129-124 Bucks win at Staples Center on November 06, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 06: Maurice Harkless #8 of the LA Clippers attempts a shot in front of Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks during a 129-124 Bucks win at Staples Center on November 06, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 06: Brook Lopez #11 of the Milwaukee Bucks takes a lose ball from Patrick Beverley #21 of the LA Clippers to score during a 129-124 Bucks win at Staples Center on November 06, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 06: Lou Williams #23 of the LA Clippers reacts to his foul during a 129-124 Milwaukee Bucks win at Staples Center on November 06, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 06: George Hill #3 of the Milwaukee Bucks reacts to his dunk after a timeout during a 129-124 Bucks win over the LA Clippers at Staples Center on November 06, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.The Clippers’ Patrick Patterson soars past the Bucks’ George Hill, right, on his way to a dunk during the first half of Wednesday’s game at Staples Center. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)NextShow Caption1 of 54The Clippers’ Patrick Patterson soars past the Bucks’ George Hill, right, on his way to a dunk during the first half of Wednesday’s game at Staples Center. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)ExpandLOS ANGELES — Kawhi Leonard wasn’t in the lineup for one of his patented fourth-quarter reprieves, but the Clippers did a good impression of it, pulling within two points of the Milwaukee Bucks with seconds remaining before Giannis Antetokounmpo and his high-octane, pace-pushing teammates slipped away with a 129-124 victory Wednesday at Staples Center.Leonard had the night off on Wednesday, sticking to his injury avoidance plan, out for the second time this season on account of “load management (knee),” and the Bucks managed to fend off the Clippers’ spirited effort sans superstar.The Clippers – who surely missed Leonard’s 29.3 points, 7.3 rebounds and 5.7 assists – remain, at their core, a plucky, proud group. And they came to play Wednesday, as if no one told them that, without either All-Stars Leonard or Paul George, against the Eastern Conference power, they weren’t supposed to win.“Whoever is on the floor, whoever we have that night, we got to play to win the game,” said Montrezl Harrell, who had a career-high 34 points, including eclipsing 3,000 career points with his first bucket of the evening, to go with 13 rebounds. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more