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Clippers vs. Hawks recap: Late 15-1 run lifts Los Angeles over Atlanta

A back-and-forth affair turns into a Clipper rout as a late 15-1 run seals the game for Los Angeles.

Jeff Gross

Blake Griffin scored 16 points, and Chris Paul chipped in 15 and eight assists as the Los Angeles Clippers defeated the Atlanta Hawks, 89-76, Sunday afternoon at the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles.

The game was a back-and-forth affair through three quarters, with the Clippers holding a four-point edge headed into the final frame. However, Los Angeles would go on a 15-1 run in the middle of the fourth quarter to put the game out of reach. Atlanta couldn't stay out of its own way, shooting only 41 percent and committing 22 turnovers, which the Clippers converted into 24 points.

Griffin and Paul led six Clippers who scored in double-digits. Caron Butler added 13, followed by Eric Bledsoe with 12, Jamal Crawford with 11 and Matt Barnes with 10. Josh Smith had an excellent all-around game for the Hawks with 13 points, six assists and five rebounds.

The Clippers improve to 5-2 on the season. They will host the World Champion Miami Heat on Wednesday -- a game that will be televised by ESPN.