Though the Clippers hung in before halftime, twice cutting the lead to six, the third quarter was a nightmare as the Hawks ran them off the court, going on an 18-4 tear to extend the lead to 25.
The Clippers ended their once promising 4 game road trip with a thud, losing to the Atlanta Hawks 104-93 on Saturday night. The loss dropped the clippers to 9-5, while the Hawks improved to 8-4.
The game started promisingly, with the Clippers ending the 1st quarter up 24-21. That lead was short-lived as the Hawks outscored the Clippers 64-36 over the next two quarters, heading into the 4th up by 25. The Clippers clawed back to within 11 at the end, though most of the Hawks starters remained on the bench.
Blake Griffin scored 22 points and Chris Paul had 19 for the Clippers. Jeff Teague and Zaza Pachulia led the Hawks with 19 apiece. Caron Butler, back in the Clipper’s starting lineup after missing two games with a shoulder injury, was 1-6 with only 3 points. Jamal Crawford and Eric Bledsoe scored 12 points each.Lou Williams finished with 18 points and Josh Smith added 17 for Atlanta.The Clippers as a team only shot 42%, only a night after posting their lowest total of the season.
The Clippers will now return home for 6 of their next 7 and will try to regain their footing against New Orleans on Monday night.