Hawks Fall To Clippers In Los Angeles, 99-84

LOS ANGELES — Blake Griffin scored a team-high 17 points and collected nine rebounds in three quarters, and the Los Angeles Clippers captured their fourth consecutive victory with a 99-84 win over the Atlanta Hawks at Staples Center on Wednesday night.

J.J. Redick contributed 15 points, hitting 5-of-8 from 3-point range, while Austin Rivers chipped in 13 points for the Clippers (35-21), who beat the Hawks for the first times in three tries at Staples. Raymond Felton and Wesley Johnson came off the bench to score 11 points apiece for Los Angeles.

Clippers center DeAndre Jordan had a game-high 16 rebounds to go with seven points.

Dennis Schroder had 15 points and seven assists for the Hawks (32-24), who have dropped two of their last three games. Dwight Howard finished with 11 points and 15 rebounds, allowing him to past passed Buck Williams for 13th on the NBA’s all-time rebounding list with 8,502.

Atlanta’s Tim Hardaway Jr. also scored 11 points.

Los Angeles blew the contest open in the third quarter. The Clippers led by as much as 22 in the third before seizing an 83-64 advantage heading into the final quarter.

That allowed the Clippers’ starters to rest in the fourth.

The Clippers took a 54-40 halftime lead by outscoring the Hawks 33-18 in the second quarter. The Clippers benefitted from their long-distance shooting, making 10 of 20 attempts (50 percent) compared to 4 of 13 (30.8 percent) for the Hawks in the first half.

For the game, the Clippers hit 14 of 37 (37.8 percent) on treys to 7 of 26 (26.9 percent) for the Hawks.

The Clippers converted 51.2 percent of their shots from the floor to 40 percent for the Hawks intermission. Overall, Los Angeles shot 46.8 percent to 40.5 percent for Atlanta.

In the battle of the boards, the Hawks prevailed 45-40, but that did nothing to alter the outcome.

The Hawks actually held a 22-21 edge after one quarter before faltering.

NOTES: Clippers PG Chris Paul (torn ligament in left thumb) is working out daily on the court with the team’s video-equipment staff. “Chris told me he is playing well, and I was thinking, ‘Thank gosh, you should be playing well against them,'” coach Doc Rivers joked. Rivers, though, said there is no timetable for Paul’s return or if the guard would rejoin the Clippers in practice after the All-Star break. The initial prognosis for Paul, who has missed 13 games since undergoing surgery on Jan. 18, was he would be sidelined six to eight weeks. … Rivers, who played in Atlanta from 1983 to 1991, remains the Hawks’ all-time leader in assists with 3,866. … Hawks G/F Thabo Sefolosha (left groin) missed his ninth consecutive game. … Atlanta C Dwight Howard shot 73.3 percent over the previous six games. … This was the final game for both clubs until after the All-Star break.

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