Clippers, Hawks meet at Staples Center
(Sports Network) – The Los Angeles Clippers attempt to halt a two-game
losing streak when they host the Atlanta Hawks tonight at the Staples Center.
Both teams play their final game before the All-Star Game. The 2007 NBA All-
Star will be played on February 18th at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.
LA, which returns home after going 2-5 on a seven-game road trip, plays the
opener of a five-game homestand. On Monday, Chris Webber scored 19 points and
pulled down nine rebounds as the Detroit Pistons defeated the Clippers, 92-74,
at The Palace of Auburn Hills.
The Clippers played Detroit without forward Elton Brand, who missed his first
game of the season due to back spasms. Brand, who leads the Clippers in
scoring (20.7 ppg) and rebounding (9.2 rpg), is questionable for tonight’s
Cuttino Mobley led the way with 17 points in the loss to the Pistons for Los
Angeles, which has dropped two in a row and five of its last six games
overall. Corey Maggette ended with 15 points and eight boards, while Chris
Kaman collected 13 points and nine rebounds before fouling out.
The Clippers are a solid 17-8 as the host this season. They will also play
Phoenix, Golden State, Charlotte and Seattle on the current homestand.
Atlanta plays the fourth contest of a five-game road trip. Mehmet Okur scored
19 points to lead the Utah Jazz to a 102-76 thumping of the Hawks at
Marvin Williams ended with 15 points in the loss to the Jazz for Atlanta,
which had a two-game winning streak haltedand fell to 2-1 on its road trip.
Joe Johnson was held to just 14 points, as the Hawks lost to Utah for the
ninth straight time.
The Hawks are 11-16 on the road this season. They will wrap up the road trip
on February 20th against the Chicago Bulls at the United Center.
This is the second and final meeting of the campaign between the clubs. On
January 6th, Johnson scored 27 points as the Hawks defeated the Clippers,
86-74, at Philips Arena.
Atlanta has lost three straight and six of its last seven at the LAC.