Final

Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 2/27

Game 1: Sunday, February 27th
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Clippers111
Game 2: Sunday, April 3rd
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Hawks 104

(10-45, 2-26 away)

Clippers 111

(25-31, 19-10 home)

    6:30 PM ET, February 27, 2005

    STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, CA

    1 2 3 4 T
    ATL 28 25 30 21104
    LAC 24 28 26 33111

    Top Performers

    Atlanta: T. Lue 24 Pts, 7 Ast, 1 Stl

    Los Angeles: B. Simmons 24 Pts, 5 Reb, 6 Ast, 2 Stl

    Atlanta falls to 2-26 on the road

    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- After wishing to move to another team before the trade deadline, Chris Wilcox is making the most of his time with the Clippers.

    Wilcox got all nine of his points in the final 7:26 after sitting the first three quarters, and Los Angeles dealt the Atlanta Hawks their 19th consecutive road loss with a 111-104 victory Sunday night.

    Drafted eighth overall by the Clippers in 2002, Wilcox has always been a favorite among the Staples Center faithful. But he was benched by coach Mike Dunleavy in seven of the last 11 games and played a total of 43 minutes over that stretch. He also missed the previous 13 games because of a stress reaction in his right leg.

    It got to the point that Wilcox said this week that he was hoping a trade to another team might increase his playing time.

    "I was surprised to get the call, but you always have to be ready," Wilcox said. "I was ready, and I came out and did what I had to do.

    "I was sitting on the bench the whole game, but I was observant. I saw what I was lacking, so when I got in, I knew what to do. I played hard and picked up the intensity and picked up the level of play. Hopefully, this will increase some of my playing time."

    Corey Maggette scored 25 points and Bobby Simmons had 24 for the Clippers, who have won two straight since a season-worst eight-game losing streak. Elton Brand had 12 points and 13 rebounds, and Chris Kaman contributed 14 points and 10 boards.

    Tyronn Lue scored a season-high 24 points and Al Harrington added 23 for the Hawks, who have lost eight straight and haven't won on the road since beating the defending champion Pistons 88-72 on Dec. 10. They have allowed 100 or more points in nine straight games, their longest such streak since a 14-game stretch from Feb.24-March 9, 1993.

    Atlanta is 2-26 on the road, with the only other victory coming on Nov. 12 in a one-point decision over New Orleans. The Hawks' longest road losing streak during one season was in 1995-96, when they dropped their final 21. The franchise lost 29 consecutive road games from Jan. 28-Nov. 26, 1976.

    "That is not important to me. What is important is seeing these guys improve," first-year coach Mike Woodson said. "They have come a long way -- especially the young kids."

    Reserve center Predrag Drobnjak, who spent last season with the Clippers, scored 15 points for Atlanta. His 3-pointer gave the Hawks a 92-83 lead with 9 minutes to play, but the Clippers responded with nine consecutive points to pull even with 4:52 remaining.

    A free throw by Quinton Ross capped the rally, which included three consecutive dunks by Wilcox -- his first points of the game.

    "Chris Wilcox came in and did a good job for them," Lue said. "He gave them energy by dunking the basketball and getting the crowd into it."

    Harrington made one of two free throws with 4:40 left, giving the Hawks their last lead, but the Clippers then pulled away with another 9-0 run, capped by Simmons' tip-in with 1:30 to go.

    "We wanted to pound them on the inside, and that's what we did," Wilcox said. "Elton was getting a lot of touches around the basket, so we had to open it up. That's how you win games. We all have to play together as a team and guys on the bench have to step up."

    The Hawks made one final push, getting a 3-pointer from rookie Josh Childress and a 13-footer by Drobnjak to close to 107-104, but Rick Brunson clinched it with a pair of free throws.

    "It would have been very tough to lose that game, especially because we're trying to get into the playoffs," Brand said. "It's not a joke. We really are."

    Tom Gugliotta played 22 minutes in his Atlanta debut and scored two points. Gugliotta is playing for his seventh team in 13 NBA seasons, following the trade that sent him, Gary Payton and Michael Stewart to Atlanta for Antoine Walker.

    Payton is hoping that another team will buy out his contract -- preferably before March 1, the deadline for a player to be eligible for a playoff roster.

    The Hawks, a league-worst 10-45, took a 83-78 lead into the fourth quarter with 11 third-quarter points from Lue. He entered averaging 8.6 points before making 10 of his first 13 shots, and finished 11-for-16 from the floor.

    Game notes


    Hawks rookie forward Josh Smith, who became the youngest player in league history to block 10 shots in a game on Dec. 18 at Dallas, rejected driving layups by Maggette and Simmons 15 seconds apart in the third quarter. ... The Hawks are 1-5 against the Clippers at Staples Center, after going 13-2 against them at the L.A. Sports Arena. ... The Clippers have won their last six home games. ... The Hawks wrap up their seven-game trip at Denver and Utah. The longest winless road trip in Atlanta history is six games, most recently 1990-91. ... Atlanta coach Mike Woodson played two seasons for the Clippers and was their leading scorer both times. But their combined record was 29-135.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    ATL
    LAC
    Points 104 111
    FGM-FGA 42-78 (.538) 36-71 (.507)
    3PM-3PA 3-6 (.500) 6-8 (.750)
    FTM-FTA 17-26 (.654) 33-42 (.786)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 8-34 11-42
    Assists 19 28
    Turnovers 12 12
    Steals 8 10
    Blocks 3 3
    Fast Break Points 8 8
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 29 (0/0) 18 (1/1)
    Largest Lead 9 8

    Top Performers

    Atlanta
    Los Angeles
    Tyronn Lue Lue
    Points: 24
    Reb: 0
    Ast: 7
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0
    Bobby Simmons Simmons
    Points: 24
    Reb: 5
    Ast: 6
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0