The L.A. Clippers went for a back-to-back win as they managed to shut-down the low-flying Atlanta Hawks with an 85-83 close finish, Thursday, Jan. 28.
Two-time NBA Sixth Man of the Year Jamal Crawford came off the bench and gave a solid performance, scoring 21 points as the Clippers eked-out a win once more.
“That was a heck of a win,” said coach Doc Rivers, who was without his All-Star power forward Blake Griffin, as reported by Yahoo! News. “I would have taken this record healthy.”
The short-handed Clippers had won 14 games in their last 17 outings. They capped off their five-game trek with two straight wins, one from the Indiana Pacers, Wednesday.
The Hawks were hounded by turn-overs for the whole night as they badly converted a season-high 23 times loss of ball possession.
“I came up short pretty much all night,” ABC News quotes Hawks power forward Paul Millsap, who wasn’t able to convert a stalemate shot against Luc Mbah a Moutewith with 6.7 seconds on the fourth quarter, as the score on the line was 85-83.
Clippers point guard Chris Paul was heavily guarded by Jeff Teague during the dying seconds of the game, which ensued a possession and an inbound from the Hawks.
“A lot of shots I normally make didn’t fall. It was that kind of night for me,” Millsap added as he made reference to the Clippers’ solid defense though out the game.
Crawford was 9-6 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 2-2 FT, and had two assists, one rebound, and one steal. In the last 13 of his 15 games, the 35-year-old former University of Michigan standout has been piling points, as shown in Basketball Reference.
The Hawks were led by Teague’s 16 points. Griffin is out of the Clippers for the next four to six weeks, as reported by ESPN, after he broke his right hand during an altercation with the team’s assistant equipment manager.