The Clippers have been with out three starters. Main scorers Kawhi Leonard and Paul George have been dominated out as a result of well being and security protocols. Guard Patrick Beverley missed the sport with proper knee soreness.
Reggie Jackson led the Clippers with 20 factors, eight assists and 7 rebounds. Serge Ibaka had 15 factors.
De’Andre Hunter had 22 factors for Atlanta. Clint Capela collected 13 factors and 19 rebounds.
Kevin Huerter gave the Hawks a fourth-quarter push by scoring every of his 13 factors within the closing quarter. Huerter sank consecutive 3-pointers after Los Angeles pulled even at 79-all, giving Atlanta the lead for good.
Three free throws by Younger gave the Hawks a 95-85 lead. Jackson’s three-point play trimmed the benefit to 101-96, however Huerter answered along with his third 3-pointer of the interval.
Younger scored 14 factors within the third interval.
Groups are usually not allowed to disclose if gamers within the well being and security protocol have examined optimistic for COVID-19. Contact tracing and inconclusive check outcomes additionally might place gamers within the protocol.
Clippers coach Tyronn Lue mentioned earlier than the sport Leonard and George ”are feeling effectively.”
Leonard is averaging 25.9 factors and George is correct behind at 23.9, leaving a big scoring void.
”Our guys are up for the problem,” Lue mentioned. ”No excuses. … Hopefully they’ll get again and be part of the crew quickly.”
The Clippers’ new lineup struggled early on with perimeter capturing. Los Angeles made solely two of its first 11 3-point pictures.
Ibaka had 13 first-half factors to assist the Clippers to a 48-43 lead on the break.
Clippers: Lue mentioned he was desirous to see his backups have a chance to make a much bigger contribution. G Terance Mann made his first begin of the season after making eight begins in his 2019-20 rookie season. Jackson made his second begin and Luke Kennard made his third begin. ”They have been making ready,” Lue mentioned. ”They work on their recreation day by day … make certain they’re getting higher of their craft.”
Hawks: Younger (again spasms) and Capela (sore proper hand) returned after lacking one recreation. F Cam Reddish (proper Achilles tightness) was held out. … The crew wore its new Metropolis Version MLK jerseys for the second time, honoring Atlanta native Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy. … John Collins had 11 factors with 11 rebounds and set a profession excessive by blocking 5 pictures.
Roughly 1,300 Hawks season-ticket holders attended the sport, lower than 10% capability of State Farm Area. It was the Hawks’ first transfer towards a gradual return of followers. Tarps continued to cowl seats on the aspect of the sector behind the groups.
Clippers: Six-game highway journey continues on Thursday at Miami.
Hawks: Stay residence to play New Jersey Nets on Wednesday.
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