Elton Brand scored a season-high 33 points to help the Clippers
win for only the second time on the road in two months, 111-91 on
"We're just not playing," Hawks coach Mike Woodson after his
team's 12th straight loss and 25th in the last 26 games.
Woodson played his four rookies most of the final period.
"I want to keep shuffling guys to find out who wants to play,"
Woodson said. "I'm going to find me some guys who want to play, if
not this year then next year."
Hawks starting forward Al Harrington scored a season-low three
points and had only two rebounds in 26 minutes, and starting center
Obinna Ekezie was scoreless while playing only 8 minutes.
"Our starters were just awful," Woodson said. "Al and Ekezie
didn't do the job."
The Clippers won on the road for only the second time since
winning at Memphis on Feb. 3. Their only other road victory during
that stretch was against the Lakers on March 8.
"We've been struggling on the road so we didn't know what to
expect here," Brand said. "They only have 11 wins, but they're
still hungry. They still play hard."
The Clippers had lost the first four games of a seven-game road
trip. The Clippers, 25-13 at home, are only 8-28 on the road.
"Right now we're out of the playoff picture," said Corey
Maggette, who scored 25 points in his return after missing one game
with a bruised lower back. "Right now this is our opportunity to
play as hard as we can the last nine games and prepare for next
The challenge for the Hawks is to keep their jobs for next year.
Rookie Josh Childress led Atlanta with 23 points. Peja Drobnjak
added 13 points. Donta Smith, another rookie, had 10 points and was
the team's only other scorer in double figures.
"It was a good win for us on the road," Clippers coach Mike
Dunleavy said. "We've had a lot of injuries and we got a couple
guys back today. ... We moved the ball, we had 31 assists and we
got some good shots."
The Clippers were without their third-leading scorer, Bobby
Simmons, and starting center Chris Kaman, who were held out with
Even so, the Clippers flourished against the defensively
challenged Hawks, who have allowed 100 or more points to 13
straight opponents. The Hawks are 29th in the league with their
average of 101.6 points allowed per game.
The Clippers shot 64.1 percent from the field in the first half,
two days after the Hawks gave up 69-percent shooting in the first
half of a loss to Boston.
In scoring 21 first-half points, Brand made 10 of 11 shots from
the field. He was 13-of-18 from the field for the game.
The Clippers took a big lead of 23 points at 88-65 late in the
third period. The Hawks cut the deficit to 91-82 with six minutes
left when NBA Slam Dunk winner Josh Smith stole the ball from Jaric
Marko and scored on a reverse jam.
Wilcox answered with a hook shot for the Clippers, who kept the
lead in double figures the rest of the game.
"We're going to have to go back to the drawing board," Woodson
said. "We're giving up too many points in bunches too fast. Their
interior players just kicked our butt tonight."
The Clippers placed C Zeljko Rebraco on the injured list
with a sprained right wrist and activated C Mamadou N'Diaye. ...
Clippers F Simmons (leg contusion) and C Kaman (lower back) were
held out with injuries. ... Hawks G Tyronn Lue returned as a
starter after missing one game with a severe headache.