first_img“I just didn’t feel it tonight from our guys,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “Should’ve just kept subbing and subbing and searching, but sometimes you do that sometimes you let the guys who made the bed try to straighten it out.”Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.The Clippers, who were playing for the second consecutive day and for the sixth time in eight days, never did, as the Hawks’ lead surged to as many as 16 points in the fourth quarter.A Dewayne Dedmon dunk with 1:18 left made it 120-112, and a Trae Young 3-pointer with 54 seconds remaining put it at 123-114, and that spelled doom for the home team, which fell to 28-23 and saw its tenuous grip on eighth place in the West loosen.“Give them credit, they came in here and they played a great brand of basketball and got what they wanted all night,” Clippers forward Tobias Harris said. “They’re a unique team because they’re young and get up and down, and they got a lot of shooting on the floor, so they can put us in different positions and they made shots all night. So it was a tough night for us all around.“Can’t walk into games; they’re a team that’s much better than their record presents.” 🎨🎨🎨@shaiglalex | #ClipperNation pic.twitter.com/9K0c1F4zfV— LA Clippers (@LAClippers) January 29, 2019 Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates The Clippers’ own rookie point guard proved imperfect but impactful in spots. Eleventh overall pick Shai Gilgeous-Alexander was tagged with four fouls, but he scored 11 points on 5-for-7 shooting in 24 minutes.Experience came into play at points, too: Vince Carter – who celebrated his 42nd birthday on Saturday – buried a 3-pointer over Harris to give Atlanta an 81-77 lead with 4:30 left in the third quarter and another over Harrell to make it 91-81 with the third quarter winding down.Another rookie guard, Jerome Robinson, the 13th pick selection in this summer’s draft, hit a 3-pointer and drew a foul at the halftime buzzer (he missed the free throw attempt) to close it to 63-61 entering the break. Those were Robinson’s only points of the night.The Clippers trailed 32-25 after a back-and-forth opening quarter, in which Atlanta turned its first six turnovers into nine points, Collins buried a pair of 3-pointers en route to nine quick points and Bradley and Young exchanged words. All of the game’s six lead changes occurred in those first 12 minutes (approximately two minutes of which featured Williams rocking a white headband).Forward Danilo Gallinari (lower back spasms) sat out his sixth consecutive game for the Clippers, who fell to 10-8 in back-to-backs, including 4-5 in the second game. These two [email protected] ➡️ @MONSTATREZZ pic.twitter.com/oqQ5uZjb6B— LA Clippers (@LAClippers) January 29, 2019 What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 PreviousLos Angeles Clippers consultant Jerry West watches during the first half of an NBA basketball game between the Clippers and the Atlanta Hawks, Monday, Jan. 28, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)The Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell drives around the Hawks’ Kevin Huerter during Monday’s game at Staples Center. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Clippers’ Shai Gilgeous-Alexander #2 shoots as the Hawks’ DeAndre’ Bembry #95, Kevin Huerter #3, and John Collins #20 defend during their game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Monday, Jan 28, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsThe Clippers’ Marcin Gortat #13 shoots as the Hawks’ Dewayne Dedmon #14 defends during their game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Monday, Jan 28, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Clippers head coach Doc Rivers during their game against the Hawks at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Monday, Jan 28, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Clippers’ Shai Gilgeous-Alexander #2 lays the ball up as the Hawks’ Kevin Huerter #3 and Dewayne Dedmon #14 defend during their game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Monday, Jan 28, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Clippers Lou Williams #23 lays the ball up as Hawks’ defends Alex Len #25, Kevin Huerter #3, Jeremy Lin #7 and Trae Young #11 look on during their game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Monday, Jan 28, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Clippers Tobias Harris #34 drives to the hoop as the Hawks John Collins #20 defends during their game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Monday, Jan 28, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Clippers’ Marcin Gortat #13 grabs a rebound as the Hawks’ John Collins #20 and DeAndre’ Bembry #95 pressure during their game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Monday, Jan 28, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell grabs a rebound over the Hawks’ John Collins during Monday’s game at Staples Center. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Clippers Patrick Beverley #21 #12 shoots as the Hawks’ Dewayne Dedmon #14 defends during their game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Monday, Jan 28, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Clippers head coach Doc Rivers during their game against the Hawks at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Monday, Jan 28, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Clippers Marcin Gortat #13 shoots as the Hawks’ Alex Len #25 looks on during their game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Monday, Jan 28, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Clippers’ Marcin Gortat, right, and the Hawks’ Alex Len pursue a loose ball during Monday’s game at Staples Center. The Hawks won 123-118. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Clippers’ Patrick Beverley #21 reacts after fouling the Hawks’ Jeremy Lin #7 during their game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Monday, Jan 28, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell #5 dunks the ball as the Hawks’ Dewayne Dedmon #14 looks on during their game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Monday, Jan 28, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell #5 dunks the ball as the Hawks’ Dewayne Dedmon #14 looks on during their game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Monday, Jan 28, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)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)Los Angeles Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell, second from left, shoots as Atlanta Hawks forward John Collins defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 28, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Atlanta Hawks center Alex Len, top, dunks as Los Angeles Clippers guard Jerome Robinson, left, and guard Lou Williams watch during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 28, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Clippers guard Avery Bradley, left, and Atlanta Hawks forward DeAndre’ Bembry reach for a rebound during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 28, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young, left, tries to shoot as Los Angeles Clippers guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander gets a hand on the ball during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 28, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Atlanta Hawks forward DeAndre’ Bembry, left, and forward John Collins, right, knocks the ball away from Los Angeles Clippers center Marcin Gortat during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 28, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Atlanta Hawks center Dewayne Dedmon, left, goes up for a dunk as Los Angeles Clippers guard Avery Bradley defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 28, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 28: Alex Len #25 of the Atlanta Hawks scores on a layup in front of Marcin Gortat #13 of the LA Clippers during the first half at Staples Center on January 28, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 28: Trae Young #11 of the Atlanta Hawks scores on a layup past Shai Gilgeous-Alexander #2 and Tobias Harris #34 of the LA Clippers during the first half at Staples Center on January 28, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 28: Kevin Huerter #3 of the Atlanta Hawks scores during the first half at Staples Center on January 28, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Los Angeles Clippers guard Jerome Robinson, right, shoots as Atlanta Hawks center Alex Len defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 28, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 28: Trae Young #11 of the Atlanta Hawks scores on a layup past Shai Gilgeous-Alexander #2 and Montrezl Harrell #5 of the LA Clippers during the first half at Staples Center on January 28, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 28: Trae Young #11 of the Atlanta Hawks keeps his dribble from Shai Gilgeous-Alexander #2 of the LA Clippers during the first half at Staples Center on January 28, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 28: Jeremy Lin #7 of the Atlanta Hawks looks to pass between Jerome Robinson #10 and Mike Scott #30 of the LA Clippers during the first half at Staples Center on January 28, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 28: Dewayne Dedmon #14 of the Atlanta Hawks dunks during the first half against the LA Clippers at Staples Center on January 28, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 28: Montrezl Harrell #5 of the LA Clippers reacts to his foul in front of Alex Len #25 of the Atlanta Hawks and Tobias Harris #34 during the first half at Staples Center on January 28, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 28: Taurean Prince #12 of the Atlanta Hawks drives to the basket on Avery Bradley #11 of the LA Clippers during the first half at Staples Center on January 28, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 28: Jeremy Lin #7 of the Atlanta Hawks protects the ball from Patrick Beverley #21 of the LA Clippers as he falls during a 123-118 Hawks win at Staples Center on January 28, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Atlanta Hawks guard Jeremy Lin, right, passes the ball after scrambling for it with Los Angeles Clippers guard Patrick Beverley during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Jan. 28, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Hawks won 123-118. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 28: Vince Carter #15 of the Atlanta Hawks celebrates his three pointer during a 123-118 win over the LA Clippers at Staples Center on January 28, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 28: Avery Bradley #11 of the LA Clippers has his shot blocked by Kevin Huerter #3 of the Atlanta Hawks with Omari Spellman #6 during a 123-118 Hawks win at Staples Center on January 28, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 28: John Collins #20 of the Atlanta Hawks takes a rebound from Montrezl Harrell #5 of the LA Clippers during a 123-118 Hawks win at Staples Center on January 28, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 28: Montrezl Harrell #5 of the LA Clippers attempts a shot around DeAndre’ Bembry #95 of the Atlanta Hawks during a 123-118 Hawks win at Staples Center on January 28, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 28: Montrezl Harrell #5 of the LA Clippers attempts a shot in front of Alex Len #25 of the Atlanta Hawks during a 123-118 Hawks win at Staples Center on January 28, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 28: Jeremy Lin #7 of the Atlanta Hawks attempts a shot in front of Shai Gilgeous-Alexander #2 and Patrick Beverley #21 of the LA Clippers during a 123-118 Hawks win at Staples Center on January 28, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Los Angeles Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell, left, and Atlanta Hawks center Dewayne Dedmon reach for a rebound during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Jan. 28, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 28: Lou Williams #23 of the LA Clippers reacts for a foul with Montrezl Harrell #5 during a 123-118 loss to the Atlanta Hawks at Staples Center on January 28, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Los Angeles Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell, left, and Atlanta Hawks center Dewayne Dedmon reach for a rebound during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Jan. 28, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Clippers consultant Jerry West watches during the first half of an NBA basketball game between the Clippers and the Atlanta Hawks, Monday, Jan. 28, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Atlanta Hawks center Alex Len, left, and Los Angeles Clippers guard Avery Bradley reach for a rebound during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 28, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Clippers guard Lou Williams, left, shoots as Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Jan. 28, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Hawks won 123-118. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Clippers forward Tobias Harris, right, shoots as Atlanta Hawks center Alex Len defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Jan. 28, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Hawks won 123-118. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Atlanta Hawks center Alex Len, right, tries to shoot as Los Angeles Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell, left, and guard Patrick Beverley defend during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Jan. 28, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Hawks won 123-118. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Atlanta Hawks forward Vince Carter gestures after scoring during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers, Monday, Jan. 28, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Hawks won 123-118. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Atlanta Hawks center Dewayne Dedmon, right, dunks as Los Angeles Clippers guard Avery Bradley defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Jan. 28, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Hawks won 123-118. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Atlanta Hawks center Dewayne Dedmon, left, reacts along with forward John Collins after dunking during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers, Monday, Jan. 28, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Hawks won 123-118. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Clippers head coach Doc Rivers stands on the sideline during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Atlanta Hawks, Monday, Jan. 28, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Hawks won 123-118. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Atlanta Hawks center Alex Len, left, shoots as Los Angeles Clippers forward Tobias Harris defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Jan. 28, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Hawks won 123-118. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Atlanta Hawks forward Vince Carter sits on the bench during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers, Monday, Jan. 28, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Hawks won 123-118. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Clippers consultant Jerry West watches during the first half of an NBA basketball game between the Clippers and the Atlanta Hawks, Monday, Jan. 28, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)The Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell drives around the Hawks’ Kevin Huerter during Monday’s game at Staples Center. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)NextShow Caption1 of 56The Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell drives around the Hawks’ Kevin Huerter during Monday’s game at Staples Center. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)ExpandLOS ANGELES — The Clippers lost a costly game of catch-up against a foe more focused on the long view than the instant gratification, falling 123-118 to the Atlanta Hawks on Monday night at Staples Center.The Clippers, who remain active participants in the Western Conference’s slugfest for playoff positioning, took an unexpected shot from the Eastern Conference’s young Hawks.Atlanta outplayed the Clippers, who never had a handle on things Monday. The Hawks improved to just 16-33, shooting 50.6 percent from the field and 25 for 29 from the free-throw line and pulling far enough ahead that, this time, they were able to fend off the Clippers.The pace-pushing youngsters on the Hawks have proved capable of causing problems before. Atlanta entered Monday’s game having won three of its last seven and, remember, it pushed the Clippers in their first meeting in November, when L.A. had to rally from a 15-point fourth-quarter deficit for a 127-119 victory. Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum 🚨 BUZZER-BEATING BINGO 🚨@Rome_Coldbucks1 | #ClipperNation pic.twitter.com/SB9mUkvw8V— LA Clippers (@LAClippers) January 29, 2019 Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters Harris, who steadily has been building his All-Star case, led the Clippers with 30 points on 11-of-18 shooting. It was the first game of his career with 30 points and at least seven assists. He also pulled down eight rebounds.Lou Williams finished with 21 points off the bench, including 11 in the fourth quarter. Williams was 0 for 11 from the field until his jumper with 1:50 left in the third quarter closed the gap to 88-81. He also had a team-high nine assists.Patrick Beverley worked for 10 points, a team-high 10 rebounds and six assists, notching a second consecutive double-double for the first time in his career.Off the bench, Montrezl Harrell finished with 18 points, 14 in the first half. Avery Bradley – who was 4 for 8 from 3-point range – finished with 12 points.The Hawks’ dynamic rookie point guard Young – aka “Ice Trae,” according to his basketball-reference.com page – scored 26 points and collected eight assists in 31 minutes.The fifth overall pick in this past summer’s draft, the slight but slippery Young came in averaging 16.2 points. He eclipsed that total with 6:04 left in the first half, when his layup gave him 17 points and the Hawks a 51-42 lead.“He played a great floor game,” Rivers said. “I don’t think people give him enough credit, I thought he controlled the game. Not his shooting, but his leadership, his passing, I thought he completely controlled the game.”Second-year forward John Collins chipped in with 22 points for the Hawks, who had lost five in a row to the Clippers since March of 2016. Alex Len added 19 points and nine rebounds off the bench for Atlanta.Related Articleslast_img

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