Final

Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 11/11

Game 1: Tuesday, November 11th
Hawks103Final
Clippers115
Game 2: Monday, February 2nd
Clippers101Final
Hawks95

Hawks 103

(2-6, 1-5 away)

Clippers 115

(2-2, 1-1 home)

Coverage: FSS

7:30 PM ET, November 11, 2003

STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, CA

1 2 3 4 T
ATL 32 21 25 25103
LAC 33 25 26 31115

Top Performers

Atlanta: S. Abdur-Rahim 23 Pts, 5 Reb, 5 Ast, 2 Stl

Los Angeles: Q. Richardson 32 Pts, 16 Reb, 5 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

Richardson scores 32 with 16 boards

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Fourth-year pro Quentin Richardson had a career game Tuesday night. He was just happy it helped the Los Angeles Clippers win.

Richardson had personal highs of 32 points and 16 rebounds to lead the Clippers to a 115-103 victory over the Atlanta Hawks, giving coach Mike Dunleavy his 400th career win.

"We're real happy to get that for Coach Dunleavy -- we congratulated him right after the game," said Richardson, whose previous career highs were 31 points and 12 rebounds.

"Coach Dunleavy is a great coach. To be the team that got him his 400th win, we're proud of that."

Dunleavy, in his 11th season as an NBA coach and first with the Clippers, became the 30th coach in league history to reach the 400-victory plateau. He's the sixth active coach with 400 wins.

Dunleavy's career record is 400-392. Lenny Wilkens is the leader among coaches in games won with 1,292.

"It's meaningful. It's nice to reach those heights," Dunleavy said. "Hopefully I have another 400, 800 in me."

Dunleavy said he wasn't aware he was going for his 400th win until being told.

"The only thing I care about is winning a championship," he said.

The game was the first for the Clippers at Staples Center this season. They played their first two in Japan against Seattle and lost both, with one designated as a home game. They won their third game at Denver.

Corey Maggette added 21 points and Chris Wilcox scored a career-high 19 before fouling out with 2:59 left for the Clippers (2-2), who were below .500 all last season.

Regarding his 16 rebounds, the 6-foot-5, 238-pound Richardson smiled and said: "I'm a big guy. I lift weights."

More seriously, he added: "Our big men really kept their big men occupied, which opened up some more (rebound) opportunities for me."

Asked about Richardson's rebounding effort, Maggette replied: "He reminds me of a young Charles Barkley."

Shareef Abdur-Rahim led Atlanta with 23 points. Dion Glover had 22 points and seven rebounds and Stephen Jackson added 17 points for the Hawks.

Atlanta shot 54.3 percent (38-of-70) while Los Angeles shot 46.4 percent (45-of-97), but the Clippers outrebounded the Hawks 45-30 and forced 24 turnovers while committing 13.

"I don't think offense was necessarily our problem tonight," Abdur-Rahim said.

"Turnovers and rebounds -- you can't lose both," said Atlanta's Jason Terry, who shot 2-for-11 and was held to 12 points. "You may get away with one. That just means they're outhustling and outworking you."

The Clippers went ahead for good by outscoring the Hawks 10-0 to finish the first half and 14-6 to start the second for a 72-59 lead.

Glover made a 3-pointer as the third quarter ended and Atlanta scored the first five points of the final period to cut the Clippers' lead to 84-83. But that was as close as the Hawks would get.

Baskets by Richardson and Wilcox gave the Clippers a 99-91 lead, and Wilcox made two free throws to make it 103-93 with 3:24 left. The Hawks didn't threaten after that.

Atlanta trailed at halftime 58-53 despite shooting 63.6 percent (21-of-33) to 42.3 percent (22-of-52) for the Clippers. The Hawks hurt themselves by committing nine turnovers in the second quarter.

Atlanta shot 14-of-19 to begin the game in taking a 30-19 lead, but the Clippers outscored the Hawks 14-2 to finish the first quarter to go ahead 33-32.

Game notes


The announced attendance was 16,562. ... Other active coaches with more than 400 wins are Don Nelson of Dallas, Larry Brown of Detroit, Jerry Sloan of Utah, Phil Jackson of the Lakers and Rick Adelman of Sacramento. ... The Hawks have played six road games -- most in the NBA -- and won one. They complete a five-game road trip Wednesday night in Phoenix. ... Clippers star Elton Brand, who sustained a hairline fracture in his right foot Oct. 30 in the season-opener, had X-rays Tuesday to measure his progress. "It improved a little bit," he said. "It's not healed, that's what I'm looking for. It's a waiting game -- we'll do it again next week." Expected to be sidelined four to six weeks, Brand said he hopes to be playing before the end of the month.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
ATL
LAC
Points 103 115
FGM-FGA 38-70 (.543) 45-97 (.464)
3PM-3PA 7-18 (.389) 6-13 (.462)
FTM-FTA 20-21 (.952) 19-22 (.864)
Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 6-30 23-45
Assists 25 21
Turnovers 24 13
Steals 8 9
Blocks 6 2
Fast Break Points 2 4
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 22 (3/0) 19 (0/0)

Top Performers

Atlanta
Los Angeles
Shareef Abdur-Rahim Abdur-Rahim
Points: 23
Reb: 5
Ast: 5
Stl: 2
Blk: 0
Quentin Richardson Richardson
Points: 32
Reb: 16
Ast: 5
Stl: 1
Blk: 1