Clippers continue fast start, Hawks still struggle
Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) – Elton Brand had 23 points and seven rebounds to
lead the Los Angeles Clippers over the Atlanta Hawks, 102-95, at Philips
Sam Cassell added 21 points, nine assists and eight rebounds for the Clippers,
who have won two straight and five of their six games this season. The
Clippers’ franchise, dating back to the days when they were the Buffalo Braves
(1970-78) and the San Diego Clippers (1978-84) before coming to LA, started
the season 5-1 just once in 1985-86 when they won five in a row to start the
year only to lose their next eight contests.
Corey Maggette recorded 17 points for Los Angeles, which has won six straight
against Atlanta, including a series sweep this year.
Joe Johnson had 24 points and 10 rebounds for the Hawks, who are winless in
five games this season. Zaza Pachulia added 16 points, 13 rebounds and six
assists for Atlanta, which had dropped a 92-77 decision to the Clippers in LA
on November 4.
After rookie Marvin Williams drew the Hawks within 66-64 with a three-point
play with just over 5:21 left in the third quarter, the Clippers answered with
a 15-5 burst that bridged the third and fourth quarter to begin to pull away.
Cuttino Mobley started the burst with a three-pointer and Maggette finished it
with a three-point play with 10:53 remaining in the final stanza for a
comfortable 81-69 lead.
Later in the fourth, another Williams three-point play drew the Hawks to
85-79, but six straight points by the Clippers helped the club put the game
away. Maggette and Cassell each had a bucket and Chris Kaman drained a pair of
free throws with 5 1/2 minutes left to make the game 91-79.
Atlanta made it close in the final seconds, but it never became a one
Williams ended with 12 points for the Hawks, who last beat the Clippers on
March 10, 2003.
The Clippers led after one quarter 27-25 and carried a 50-47 edge into the
locker room. The score after three quarters was 75-69 in favor of LA.
The Hawks are off to their worst start since beginning the 2000-01 season 0-7.
Atlanta dropped its first four last year on its way to a 13-69 mark. The 00-01
club finished 25-57.
Philadelphia Eagles suspended wide receiver Terrell Owens was in
attendance…Atlanta is 0-2 at home this season…LA is 2-1 on its current
four-game road trip…Atlanta is 0-2 on its current three-game homestand…Al
Harrington had 14 points and eight boards for the Hawks…Mobley ended with 12
points…Kaman had nine points and eight boards.