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Clips LAC Luster in Loss to Hawks

Eric Bledsoe gets corraled on a drive to the basket by Kyle Korver and Lou Williams

With a bench that reads like a collection of All-Star sixth men, it’s hard to fathom the talent-laden Clippers struggling against a team that has been pieced together in the off-season like the Hawks. Well imagination became reality Saturday night as the streaking Atlanta Hawks hammered the Los Angeles Clippers 104-93.

Somewhere, Kobe Bryant is smirking.

Philips Arena was the last stop of a four game road trip for the Pacific Division leading Clippers. Los Angeles jumped out to a 21-21 lead after the first quarter. “We were timid in the first quarter as you could tell but Lou (Williams) came in and made some plays and I think we all fed off him,” said Hawks guard Jeff Teague.

Atlanta’s bench, led by Williams and Zaza Pachulia, provided a huge boost blanking the Clippers second unit. “Our bench came in and did a phenomenal job,” said Hawks Head Coach Larry Drew. “Those guys got us going in the second quarter and I was going to ride them as long as I could”.

By the end of the first half, Atlanta’s bench had staked a ten point lead over the visitors.

The momentum carried over into the third quarter. Hawks forward Josh Smith, rested from early foul trouble, got it going scoring 10 points in the third on 4 of 4 shooting from the field. Atlanta outscored LA 34-19 in the period. “We just couldn’t get anything going offensively, couldn’t slow them down defensively,” said Clippers Head Coach Vinny Del Negro.

Clippers swingman Jamal Crawford credited the Hawks changing defense with hindering the offensive productions. “They played our starters man-to-man and when the bench came in they went to zone the whole time,” said Crawford. “They were able to get some stops and get confidence and get on a run. That was something we hadn’t seen yet.

Atlanta held Los Angeles to 16 points below their season average. The Hawks extend their winning streak to 5 in a row heading into a 4 day break and a date with the Charlotte Bobcats. Los Angeles heads back to the Staples Center to face the visiting New Orleans Hornets.

Hawks vs Clippers Video Recap

Clippers 93 vs Hawks 104


  • L: Jamal Crawford takes the ball in against the defense of Kyle Korver.    R: DeAndre Jordan attempts to lay the ball in over Zaza Pachulia from behind the basket

  • Willie Green glides down the lane for a layup attempt.

  • Chris Paul leans in on the layup over Ivan Johnson and gets called for the charge.

  • Blake Griffin throws down a reverse dunk over Zaza Pachulia.

  • Lou Williams swats away the layup attempt from Eric Bledsoe.

  • Eric Bledsoe lays the ball up ahead of the defense of Jeff Teague.

  • L: Eric Bledsoe drops out of the rafter for the put back dunk over Josh Smith.    R: Al Horford gets called for too much body on the block of Blake Griffin's layup attempt.

  • L: Chris Paul leans in on the layup over Ivan Johnson and gets called for the charge.   R: Blake Griffin flicks a hook over the top of the defense of Zaza Pachulia.

  • Zaza Pachulia tightens up his defense on Blake Griffin.

  • L: DeAndre Jordan lifts a hook shot over the top of the defense of Zaza Pachulia.    R: Blake Griffin hammers one through the basket off the break.

  • Jamal Crawford dishes off to a trailing Blake Griffin.

  • L: DeAndre Jordan drops one in uncontested.   R: Jamal Crawford drives the baseline into the body of Kyle Korver.

  • Willie Green shots a floater in the lane over Zaza Pachulia.

  • Blake Griffin crashes into Ivan Johnson and gets called for the foul.

  • Chris Paul drives around Jeff Teague along the baseline.

  • Jamal Crawford gets a layup off over Kyle Korver on the baseline.

  • L: Eric Bledsoe goes under the defense of Jeff Teague to get the lay up off.   R: Blake Griffin gets loose for a one-handed jam.

  • Al Horford and Kyle Korver contest Blake Griffin's shot at the rim .

  • Zaza Pachulia reacts after getting a tough basket to go down on the offensive end.

  • Comedian Kevin Hart retrieves the ball as Kyle Korver and Chris Paul have a few words.

  • L: Clippers Coach Vinny Del Negro talks with Blake Griffin after the forward gets called for a technical foul.   R: Jamal Crawford goes up and over Jeff Teague for a layup attempt.

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