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The Hawks picked up their fifth straight victory over a playoff team on Tuesday night by defeating the Los Angeles Clippers by a score of 107-104. The Hawks have 14 of 15 games after a 7-6 start to the season.

“In these last couple of weeks, we’ve shown improvement on the defensive end of the floor,” said head coach Mike Budenholzer. “As far as the thing we point to the most, the fact that we have different guys who step up every night and make big plays throughout the game. We’ve got a good team.”

Atlanta took a quick lead in the first quarter behind 18 points in the paint and a balanced scoring effort from the starters. The Hawks then stretched their lead out to as many as 10 in the second quarter before the Clippers came roaring back, responding with a 17-0 run to give L.A. a 47-40 lead with four minutes to go in the half. The Clippers increased their lead to as many as 10 before Paul Millsap hit a couple of free throws to close the half with 57-50 ATL deficit.

Things looked extremely bleak to start the second half, as the Clippers opened with back-to-back 3-pointers from Chris Paul and a put-back dunk from DeAndre Jordan to extend their lead to 13 within a couple of minutes. The Hawks sustained the blows, however, as Al Horford hit a couple of jumpers and DeMarre Carroll exploded for 10 points in the quarter to revitalize the Atlanta crowd and help whittle the Clipper lead down to just two points by the end of the quarter. Continue Reading…

RECAP: Hawks 104, Clippers 93

Bo Churney —  November 25, 2012

FINAL

LAC(8-5) 93 – 104 (8-4) ATL

Key Performers:

Z. Pachulia (ATL) 19 pts, 12 rebs, 3 asts
B. Griffin (LAC): 22 pts, 11 rebs, 7 asts
[FULL BOX SCORE]

This was easily the best game the Hawks have played all year, which isn’t entirely reflected in the final score. Atlanta outscored LA 64-36 in the middle two frames, fueled mostly by Jeff Teague, Zaza, and, for the third quarter, an efficient (!) Josh Smith. The Hawks are now on a five-game winning streak.

Reaction Grades: [assessed 0-10]

Josh Smith: Hardly played in the first half due to a classic “Horford Treatment” case. However, it appears to have worked, as he scored all of his 17 points (on 7-8 shooting) in the 2nd half. And then there was this… 8/10

Al Horford: It’s hard to back up 26/13 in this league, but he could have played better. He let Blake punk him a couple of times early, but Al kept mostly kept Blake out on the perimeter later, where Griffin was still making shots. He still looks timid pulling the trigger on jumpers this year, which I hope gets straightened out sooner rather than later. 5/10

Zaza Pachulia: Zaza missed two free throws late to deny him a 20-10 game, so I’m kind of disappointed in him… (not really) 10/10

Jeff Teague: Friday’s and Saturday’s games are JT’s first back-to-back double-doubles of his career. He had 19 points and 11 assists against the Clippers. However, he also had a couple of nice passes to fellow Wake Forest alum Chris Paul. (and five TOs total) Still, Jeff was aggressive for most of the night, which is usually tons better than the alternative. 8/10 Continue Reading…