The Clippers' bench outscored Atlanta's reserves 35-32, while that is not much of a difference, it was when the points were scored that was an issue. The Clippers' bench put together a strong showing in the fourth quarter, thanks for the main part to the Atlanta turnovers. This is a big deal because it is usually the Hawks' bench that comes in and does the damage. Off the bench for the Clippers and coming up big was (former Hawk's sixth man) Jamal Crawford (11 points), Eric Bledsoe (12 points) and Matt Barnes (10 points, seven rebounds).
Los Angeles starters that led the way against Atlanta were Blake Griffin (who led all scorers with 16 points), Chris Paul (15 points, eight assists) and Caron Butler (13 points). This is the third win in a row for the Clippers and they look to continue their streak as they take on the Miami Heat at home.
The Atlanta Hawks were led by Josh Smith, who scored 13 points, but did it shooting a dismal 6-14 from the floor and 0-4 from the free throw line (just after a night where he vowed to step up and take advantage of the free opportunities to score). Al Horford and Lou Williams both scored 11 points, Horford grabbed nine boards to go with his.
When Hawks' coach Larry Drew talked about the game he said, "We couldn't make a free throw and we had 22 turnovers."
The Atlanta Hawks continue their road trip as they go to Portland and take on rookie Damian Lillard and the Trail Blazers.
Tags: Al Horford, Atlanta, Atlanta Hawks, Basketball, Eric Bledsoe, Jamal Crawford, Josh Smith, Lou Williams, Matt Barnes, NBA