(SportsNetwork.com) - The Los Angeles Clippers seek their seventh consecutive
victory Saturday night when they welcome the fortunate Atlanta Hawks to
The Clips haven't lost since Feb. 21 in Memphis. They have won two straight at
home and host Pacific Division foes the Phoenix Suns and Golden State Warriors
on this residency.
Last time out, the Clips showed no mercy on their neighbors at Staples Center.
The Clippers, seeded fourth in the West, handed the Lakers their most-lopsided
loss in franchise history with a 142-94 victory.
"It's not about how much we win by, it's about how we execute," Blake Griffin
Griffin finished with 20 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists, followed by
Darren Collison, who netted a team-high 24 points. Chris Paul supplied 13
points and 11 assists, while Matt Barnes added 17 points, 12 boards, five
assists and three steals for the Clippers. DeAndre Jordan chipped in 14 points
and 12 rebounds.
The Clippers, who routed the Lakers 123-87 on Jan. 11, held a 29-27 edge after
a quarter of play, but outscored the Lakers 80-33 over the next two frames to
turn the game into a laugher.
Jamal Crawford and Jared Dudley sat against the Lakers and both are listed as
Atlanta is lucky to be in playoff contention and has lost five straight and 13
of the last 14 games. It is eighth in the weak Eastern Conference, two games
behind Charlotte and three games ahead of Detroit.
The Hawks' losing trend continued with Friday's 111-97 loss at Golden State.
Paul Millsap (16), Mike Scott (14) and Pero Antic (10) scored in double
figures for the Hawks, who are 0-4 on a six-game road trip and winless in the
last nine games outside of Philips Arena.
Atlanta trailed 32-31 after the first quarter and lost the second period by a
"We lost our mental toughness at the end of the second quarter and they were
able to get out on us," Hawks head coach Mike Budenholzer said.
The Hawks are 9-23 on the road and will close the trek Monday at Utah.
Atlanta has won two straight against the Clippers, including a 107-97 home
victory on Dec. 4. L.A. has taken the last two at Staples Center.
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