Hawks beat Clippers 123-118 for 1st time since 2016
ABS-CBN Sports on Jan 29, 2019 02:17 PM
Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young, center, shoots as Los Angeles Clippers guard Patrick Beverley, left, and forward Mike Scott defend during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 28, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
By Beth Harris, Associated Press
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Trae Young scored 26 points, John Collins added 22 and the Atlanta Hawks beat the Los Angeles Clippers 123-118 on Monday night (Tuesday, PHL time) for the first time in nearly three years.
Atlanta had lost five in a row to the Clippers dating to March 5, 2016. The Hawks earned their first win against a Pacific Division opponent this season after dropping their first five.
Alex Len had 19 points and nine rebounds off the bench for the Hawks.
Tobias Harris scored 30 points for the Clippers, whose three-game winning streak ended on the second night of a back-to-back. Lou Williams finished with 21 points and nine assists, and Montrezl Harrell had 18 points.
Atlanta stretched its lead to 16 points, its largest of the game, midway through the fourth quarter.
The Clippers weren't done just yet.
Harris scored 10 of their next 19 points to close to 118-112.
But Dewayne Dedmon dunked and Young hit a three-pointer that kept the Hawks ahead 123-114.
The Clippers overcame a 12-point deficit to tie the game five times in the third quarter. But the Hawks closed on a 17-6 run to lead 94-83 going into the fourth. Len scored nine points and 42-year-old Vince Carter drew cheers after connecting on a three-pointer.
The Hawks set the tone on their first basket of the game. Dedmon slammed a one-handed dunk, stopped and stared into the crowd.
The Clippers led just once after that by three points.
Hawks: Their bench outscored the Clippers' reserves, who lead the NBA in scoring, 51-45. ... They split the season series, having lost 129-117 at home on Nov. 19 (Nov. 20, PHL time).
Clippers: Williams missed his first 11 field-goal attempts. ... They fell to 10-8 in back-to-backs, including 4-5 in the second game. ... Starting F Danilo Gallinari (lower back spasms) sat out his sixth straight game.
Hawks: At Sacramento on Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time).
Clippers: Host Lakers on Thursday (Friday, PHL time).