Despite star big man Blake Griffin flirting with a triple-double on Saturday, it was the defense that did the Los Angeles Clippers in as the Clippers fell 104-93 to the Atlanta Hawks at the Philips Arena and became losers of three straight.
It was business as usual for the Clippers to begin the game, as Los Angeles got out to a 24-21 lead after one quarter of play. But, the Hawks then outscored the Clippers 64-36 in the second and third quarters, putting the game far out of reach in the fourth quarter.
Chris Paul and the Clippers were able to cut what was once a 22-point deficit down to 10 in the game's final stanza, but the Hawks were able to sustain the run and extend their lead further to hold on for the double-digit victory.
The Clippers defense allowed five Hawks to score double-digit points and were picked apart by point guard Jeff Teague, who scored 19 and dished out 11 assists on the night. Atlanta guard Lou Williams chipped in with 18 off of the bench.
Los Angeles went just 1-4 on its five-game road trip and now stands at 8-5 on the season. The team will now head back to Los Angeles and prepare to host the New Orleans Hornets on Monday at the Staples Center.