The Milwaukee Bucks shot 61.2 percent from the field in the first half, then coasted past the visiting Los Angeles Clippers for a 111-87 victory last night.

In the first half, Milwaukee's Paul Pressey was six of six from the floor, Craig Hodges six of seven and Kenny Fields five of six as the Bucks took a 67-39 lead.

Milwaukee has won nine straight to improve to 23-11, 16-1 at home. The Clippers (14-20) have lost six in a row after winning six in a row.

The Bucks shot 70 percent from the floor in the first quarter and took a 34-19 lead. Sidney Moncrief scored eight points during a 13-4 run that gave the Bucks a 26-15 advantage. Pressey had 10 points, six rebounds and six assists in the quarter.

Milwaukee made its lead 65-36 with 50 seconds remaining in the half on Alton Lister's two free throws.

The Clippers had a 16-0 run, led by Marques Johnson's 11 points, as part of a 20-2 burst in the third quarter that helped cut their deficit to 79-65 going into the final period. The Bucks scored just 12 points in the quarter, including Terry Cummings' basket to end the period.

The Clippers could get no closer than 86-75 on Junior Bridgeman's jumper with 8:22 to go.

Moncrief led the Bucks with 21 points, Cummings had 20 and Pressey 17. Johnson topped the Clippers with 21 points, Derek Smith had 20 and Bridgeman 14.