NBA Basketball

Final 1 2 3 4 Tot
LA Clippers 22 36 26 36 120
Atlanta 28 25 28 32 113
4:30 PM PT5:30 PM MT6:30 PM CT7:30 PM ET0:30 GMT8:30 5:30 PM MST7:30 PM EST4:30 UAE (+1)01:3019:30 ET6:30 PM CTNaN:� , January 28, 2023
State Farm Arena, Atlanta, Georgia  Attendance: 18,448

Clippers, Hawks put winning ways to the test

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According to STATS

Los Angeles Clippers at Atlanta Hawks

  1. Eight of the last 10 meetings between the Clippers and Hawks have been decided by single digits, including a 112-108 Hawks win in Los Angeles on January 8. The Hawks are looking to sweep the season series with the Clippers for the first time since 2014-15.
  2. The Clippers scored 78 points in the first half of their win over the Spurs on Thursday one game after scoring 77 first-half points against the Lakers. This is the first time in franchise history the Clippers have scored at least 75 points in the first half of back-to-back games.
  3. Paul George scored 35 points while Kawhi Leonard had 27 against the Spurs, the 21st time they have each scored 25+ points as teammates. The Clippers hold a 16-5 (.762) record in those games (regular season only).
  4. The Hawks won in Oklahoma City on Wednesday, 137-132, shooting a season-best 59.5 percent from the floor. Atlanta is now 12-1 (.923) this season when making more than half of its field-goal attempts, the third-best such record in the NBA.
  5. Trae Young is averaging 10.1 assists per game since the start of December, third best in the NBA. On the season, Young is averaging 9.9 assists per game, which would be the second-highest average in team history (Doc Rivers -- 10.0 APG in 1986-87).
  6. Kawhi Leonard has shot at least 50.0 percent from the field on 10 or more attempts in each of his last eight games. That is the longest active such streak in the NBA and the longest streak by a Clipper since Blake Griffin did so in 10 straight games in November 2013.
(AP Photo/LM Otero)

The Atlanta Hawks and Los Angeles Clippers will both try to keep their momentum going when they meet on Saturday in Atlanta.

Atlanta has won seven of its last 10 games after a 137-132 shootout victory over Oklahoma City on Wednesday. The Clippers pounded San Antonio 138-100 on Thursday and have won four in a row -- their longest streak of the season.

Atlanta defeated the Clippers 112-108 in their first meeting on Jan. 8 in Los Angeles. The Hawks have won the last three meetings in Atlanta. The teams split their two-game series a year ago.

This is Atlanta's final home game before embarking on a five-game road trip to face Western Conference opposition. This is the opener of a six-game road trip against Eastern Conference opponents for the Clippers.

Atlanta's recent success has been led by the backcourt duo of Dejounte Murray and Trae Young.

Murray has scored 20-plus points in seven consecutive games. He lost out on Eastern Conference Player of the Week honors to the Milwaukee Bucks' Jrue Holiday despite averaging 28.3 points, 6.5 assists, five rebounds and 1.8 steals, and shooting 60 percent from the floor and 58.3 percent on 3-pointers to help the Hawks go 3-1 during that span. He is averaging 20.9 points, 5.4 rebounds and six assists this season.

Young had 33 points and 11 assists in the win over Oklahoma City. In 12 games in January, Young has scored 30-plus four times and 20-plus 11 times. He is averaging 27.1 points and 9.9 assists.

"I don't look at the previous games I've played, I just move on," Young said.

The Clippers shot 58.4 percent from the floor against San Antonio with Paul George scoring 35 on 14-for-19 shooting and Kawhi Leonard scoring 27 on 10-for-16 shooting.

"It's PG (George) and Kawhi," Clippers coach Ty Lue said. "They draw so much attention that they create shots for other people. They've done a good job scoring the ball and making the right decision. We're a totally different team when those guys are able to play. We're able to get the ball in the paint more and that's made a difference."

George is averaging 23.5 points, six rebounds and 5.3 assists. Leonard is averaging 20.9 points, 6.1 rebounds and 3.9 assists.

"My body has been feeling pretty good and I have been working a ton to stay healthy and keep it that way," said George, who missed five games earlier this month with right hamstring soreness. "Everything is kind of falling into place at this point. We're healthy and starting to figure out our rotations."

Los Angeles got Luke Kennard back from a calf injury that kept him out three weeks. He got the start, played 16 minutes and scored five points.

"I thought his timing was a little off," Lue said. "Started him with Kawhi and PG (George) to see if he could get some looks. We'll continue to get him acclimated to what we've been doing."

The Hawks have been hurt by the absence of De'Andre Hunter for the last two games with asthmatic symptoms. Meanwhile, the Clippers have played for two weeks without John Wall (abdomen). Marcus Morris Sr. missed Thursday's game with a rib injury.

--Field Level Media

Updated January 28, 2023

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