ATLANTA (AP) – John Collins scored 33 points and received a great deal of assistance from double-handed player Brandon Goodwin, while the Atlanta Hawks, playing without Trae Young, recovered from a 21-point deficit to surprise the Los Angeles Clippers 102- 95 on Wednesday night.
Goodwin got 19 points – all in the fourth quarter – and gave De & # 39; Andre Hunter a 3-point corner that gave the Hawks a 99-93 lead, with 1:43 remaining.
Young, the NBA's third top scorer with 29.2 points per game, applauded Goodwin from the bench. The Hawks star did not dress because of a bruise on his right thigh.
The Clippers apparently took control with a 20-0 win in the first quarter, despite losing Kawhi Leonard, Paul George and Patrick Beverly.
Los Angeles had a lineup that averaged 44.5 points per game. They had no trouble scoring in the first half against the Hawks' 28th-placed defense, with 60-41 in the break.
But the Clippers were bleakly offensive in the second half, reaching only 12 of the 37 (32.4%) of the field, including 2 of 15 from the 3-point interval.
Montrezl Harrell led Los Angeles with 30 points, but his fouls on the foul line (6 of 13) gave the Hawks a chance to recover.
With many fans still sitting in their seats, the Clippers suddenly turned a 12-10 deficit into a 30-12 advantage. The Hawks missed 15 shots in a row during a nearly six-minute drought, despite giving plenty of second chances while catching five offensive rebounds.
Leonard jumped side-by-side after a 36-point effort the night before in a victory in Dallas. Beverly lost the game after suffering a groin injury against the Mavericks. George lost his seventh consecutive game recovering from a left hamstring injury.
The Hawks went up with a flurry of 3 points, reaching 10 out of 23 in the last two quarters, after passing 1 out of 12 in the first half.
They were essentially a two-man team in the final period. Goodwin and Collins combined 27 of the team's 33 points. Collins also had 16 rebounds.
Newly acquired Jeff Teague started in Young's place and managed just 3 points from 1 of 7 shots.
Clippers: Lou Williams scored 18 points. … Landry Chamet committed a dark foul on Goodwin in the final minutes, hitting the Atlanta player after he missed the target with 3 points. Goodwin made all three free throws to give the Hawks a 96-91 lead.
Hawks: Teague made his first appearance at the Hawks since May 8, 2016, when Atlanta lost in Cleveland to complete a four-game sweep in the second round of the playoffs. He was reacquired by Atlanta last week to serve as Young's reserve. … The Hawks dropped to 5-17 at the State Farm Arena, far behind the pace of a season ago, when they were 17-24 on their home court.
Clippers: Travel to Miami to face the Heat on Friday night, the fourth stop on their six-game trip.
Hawks: Hit the road for a game on Friday night against Oklahoma City Thunder.
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