RECAP: Clippers fall to Hawks, 107-98
Paul Millsap scored 23 points, Jeff Teague added 20, and the Atlanta Hawks pulled away in the fourth quarter to beat the Los Angeles Clippers 107-98 Monday night and earn their seventh straight road victory for the first time in 21 years.
DeMarre Carroll had 17 points and eight rebounds, and Al Horford 16 points for the East-leading Hawks, who won their fifth in a row and 19th in 21 games.
Blake Griffin had 26 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Clippers, whose biggest lead of nine came at the start of the game. DeAndre Jordan added 15 points and 16 rebounds, J.J. Redick had 14 points, and Chris Paul had 10 points and 10 assists before fouling out with 1:50 to play as the team’s three-game winning streak ended.
Dennis Schroder’s driving layup gave the Hawks the game’s first double digit lead, 82-72, early in the fourth. It came near the start of an 18-6 run that extended their advantage to 95-78. Schroder had seven points, Pero Antic five and Millsap four in the spurt.
The Clippers committed six of their 21 turnovers in the fourth, when the Hawks had one. Atlanta shot 48 percent from 3-point range while the Clippers were held to 28 percent.
Griffin made one of two free throws to tie the game 67-all late in the third before the Hawks scored 10 of the last 12 points to take a 77-69 lead going into the fourth. Carroll had six in the spurt. Griffin and Paul both picked up their fourth fouls in the quarter when the Clippers briefly led by two.
The Clippers’ turnovers led to 23 points by the Hawks, who came in averaging 26.5 in four previous games.
Hawks: The last time they won seven straight road games was Nov. 17-Dec. 22, 1993. … Their bench was 1 for 12 from the field in the first half. … Atlanta has won eight straight against West foes, equaling their streak from Oct. 31-Nov. 18, 1997. … They snapped a three-game skid against the Clippers at Staples Center. … They won the season series 2-0, having taken a three-point victory at home less than two weeks ago.
Clippers: They shot 50 percent from the field in the opening quarter before dipping to 36 percent in the second. … Informed that he remains Atlanta’s franchise assists leader with 3,866, coach Doc Rivers joked, "Atlanta has not had a lot of good players." Rivers played for the Hawks from 1983-91 at the start of his NBA career.
Hawks: Host Memphis on Wednesday.
Clippers: Host Lakers on Wednesday.