Harrell, Williams rally surging Clippers past Hawks 127-119
ABS-CBN Sports on Nov 20, 2018 12:00 PM
Atlanta Hawks forward Vince Carter (15) shoots as Los Angeles Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Mon., Nov. 19, 2018, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Amis)
By George Henry, Associated Press
ATLANTA (AP) — Montrezl Harrell had 25 points and 11 rebounds, Lou Williams added 16 points and a season-high 11 assists, and the Los Angeles Clippers rallied past the struggling Atlanta Hawks 127-119 on Monday night (Tuesday, PHL time) to win their fifth straight game.
Tobias Harris scored 24 points and Mike Scott had a season-high 18 on six three-pointers for the Clippers, who erased a 15-point deficit in the second half for the second consecutive game.
The Clippers, playing without second-leading scorer Danilo Gallinari, improved to 11-5. At this point last season after winning in Atlanta they were 5-11.
Trae Young scored 19 of his 25 points in the first half, and Taurean Prince had 21 points for the rebuilding Hawks, who dropped to 3-14 and have lost eight in a row.
Los Angeles trailed 87-72 in the third quarter, but went on a 20-4 run to take a 97-96 lead early in the fourth. Young lost the ball on the Atlanta end, and Williams whipped a pass across the baseline to Scott for a three that prompted the Hawks to call a timeout.
Atlanta quickly regrouped, taking the lead back when Prince, who missed the previous two games with an Achilles injury, dunked on the ensuing possession. A three-pointer by Alex Len put the Hawks up by five.
It was all Los Angeles from there. Scott hit a triple off an assist from Williams to give the Clippers the lead for good with 4:08 remaining. Williams fed Harrell for a strong reverse layup and a three-point play, and Harrell followed by knocking away Young's pass before Scott hit another triple to make it 117-110.
Gallinari was sick and unable to play for the first time this season. Avery Bradley started in his spot after missing the last six games with a left ankle sprain, finishing with five points in 20 minutes.
The Clippers have won 7-of-8. Atlanta has dropped 12-of-13.
Harris scored 12 points in the first period, but the Hawks were ahead by five entering the second. Young gave Atlanta its biggest lead at eight with a fast-break layup.
Los Angeles went on a 15-3 run to take a 50-44 lead on Patrick Beverley's fast-break layup before the Hawks' 14-3 run put them up by seven on DeAndre' Bembry's free throws. Harris ended the first half with a long three that made it 64-61.
John Collins, in his second game back for Atlanta after missing the first 15 this season with a left ankle injury, had 18 points, six assists, three rebounds and five fouls in 21 minutes. Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce had Collins on a limit of playing in bursts of 3-4 minutes before coming out.
Hawks forward Omari Spellman started but left after four minutes with a bruised right hip.
Beverley was called for a technical in the third after disputing a foul call with official Courtney Kirkland, and Atlanta scored the next 11 points to take an 87-72 lead. Early in the fourth while he was on the bench, Beverley and coach Doc Rivers made gestures of disbelief that Kirkland called a foul on Scott even though Len had his arms around him. Beverley did not return to the game.
Clippers: Visit Washington on Tuesday (Wednesday, PHL time).
Hawks: Host Toronto on Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time).