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Clippers end 9-game losing streak behind Griffin, Johnson

ATLANTA (AP) After the Clippers lost games for more than three weeks and lost a player Wednesday, Blake Griffin had seen enough.

''The best part about tonight was just how we got the win,'' he said. ''We were banged up. We got awful news today, but guys just focused and did the little things we needed to do to get a win.''

Griffin had 26 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists, Wesley Johnson scored a season-high 24 points and Los Angeles snapped a nine-game skid with a 116-103 victory over the Atlanta Hawks.

The Clippers had dropped 11 of 12 and learned before the game that starting guard Patrick Beverley is likely to miss the rest of the season with a knee injury. But they overcame a monthlong struggle of closing out opponents, taking the lead for good on a pair of free throws by Lou Williams with 4:11 left in the third quarter.

Los Angeles handed out a season-high 30 assists.

''I loved it - 30 assists,'' coach Doc Rivers said. ''We talked about it before the game. Without a point guard the team had the spirit of the pass. The ball was finding the open guy. I thought they did it all night.''

Atlanta matched its biggest lead at seven on Dennis Schroder's 3-pointer with 7:49 left in the third. But the Hawks fell apart against the more talented Clippers, losing their third straight to drop to 3-15, worst in the Eastern Conference.

Marco Belinelli finished with 20 points and Schroder added 19.

''A lot of their guys played well, but we have to do more to be disruptive, more to make it difficult for them,'' Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer said. ''We have to do a better job on that end of the court.''

Johnson hit six of his first seven 3-point attempts and went 8 for 10 from the field. Williams finished with 20 points, and Austin Rivers added 18. DeAndre Jordan had 14 points and 16 rebounds.

The closest Atlanta got in the fourth was within five points on Dewayne Dedmon's 3 with 5:53 remaining. Less than 3 minutes later, Griffin hit a 3 to put the Clippers up by 15.

Johnson has stepped up his performance over the last four games, but he credited this outing to the team's collective energy in looking for the open man.

''I think that was the main thing,'' Johnson said. ''The ball was moving. I think we started out defensively the way we wanted to, but I think we picked it up in the second half.''

TIP-INS

Clippers: G Lou Williams, a productive sixth man for most of his career, made just his second start since he played for the Lakers in 2015-16. In 13 seasons, Williams has scored 8,599 points as a reserve, second only to Jamal Crawford among active players.

Hawks: Rookie F John Collins, the 19th overall draft pick, made his first career start and finished with 14 points and team highs with 10 rebounds and 38 minutes. Collins got the nod with back tightness still bothering Luke Babbitt, but he could hold the job the rest of the season given that he's shooting over 58 percent from the field and consistently plays above the rim.

BIG BLOW

Beverley underwent a procedure Wednesday in Houston to repair a lateral meniscus. Beverley appeared in 11 games since arriving in the Chris Paul trade, averaging 12.2 points, 4.1 rebounds, 2.9 assists, 1.73 steals and 30.3 minutes.

''It's a tough blow for the team, but it's worse for Patrick,'' Rivers said. ''We thought it would probably be just meniscus, but it turns out to be a lot more.''

UP NEXT

Clippers: Visit Sacramento on Saturday.

Hawks: Host New York on Friday.

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Key Players
B. Griffin
32 F
D. Schroder
17 G
32.3 Min. Per Game 32.3
19.7 Pts. Per Game 19.7
7.1 Ast. Per Game 7.1
2.8 Reb. Per Game 2.8
41.7 Field Goal % 44.4
41.2 Three Point % 44.7
77.0 Free Throw % 88.5
  Defensive rebound by John Collins 0:04
  Blake Griffin missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:11
  Out of bounds turnover on DeAndre' Bembry 0:41
  Defensive rebound by DeAndre' Bembry 0:41
  Wesley Johnson missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:41
  Personal foul on Marco Belinelli 1:06
+ 2 John Collins made dunk 1:11
  Offensive rebound by John Collins 1:11
  Marco Belinelli missed 3-pt. jump shot 1:14
  Bad pass turnover on Blake Griffin, stolen by Dennis Schroder 1:19
  Lost ball turnover on Kent Bazemore, stolen by Austin Rivers 1:41
Team Stats
Points 116 103
Field Goals 44-76 (57.9%) 40-83 (48.2%)
3-Pointers 15-30 (50.0%) 10-29 (34.5%)
Free Throws 13-19 (68.4%) 13-15 (86.7%)
Total Rebounds 41 42
Offensive 6 9
Defensive 27 27
Team 8 6
Assists 30 26
Steals 7 10
Blocks 4 2
Turnovers 15 15
Fouls 15 20
Technicals 0 1
26 PTS, 10 REB, 10 AST
19 PTS, 3 REB, 7 AST
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away team logo Clippers 6-11 29332628116
home team logo Hawks 3-15 30332119103
Team Stats
away team logo Clippers 6-11 PPG RPG APG
home team logo Hawks 3-15 PPG RPG APG
Key Players
B. Griffin F PPG RPG APG FG%
M. Belinelli G PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
B. Griffin F 26 PTS 10 REB 10 AST
M. Belinelli G 20 PTS 3 REB 2 AST
57.9 FG% 48.2
50.0 3PT FG% 34.5
68.4 FT% 86.7
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
B. Griffin 37 26 10 10 1 0 6 3 9/19 3/8 5/8 2 8 51 +11
W. Johnson 35 24 1 1 1 1 0 2 8/10 6/7 2/2 0 1 29 +15
L. Williams 37 20 1 8 1 0 6 0 7/15 3/6 3/3 1 0 32 +18
A. Rivers 36 18 2 5 2 1 0 1 7/12 3/5 1/4 0 2 33 +13
D. Jordan 37 14 16 2 0 2 1 2 6/6 0/0 2/2 2 14 35 +20
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
B. Griffin 37 26 10 10 1 0 6 3 9/19 3/8 5/8 2 8 51 +11
W. Johnson 35 24 1 1 1 1 0 2 8/10 6/7 2/2 0 1 29 +15
L. Williams 37 20 1 8 1 0 6 0 7/15 3/6 3/3 1 0 32 +18
A. Rivers 36 18 2 5 2 1 0 1 7/12 3/5 1/4 0 2 33 +13
D. Jordan 37 14 16 2 0 2 1 2 6/6 0/0 2/2 2 14 35 +20
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
S. Dekker 11 6 1 1 2 0 0 0 3/6 0/2 0/0 1 0 11 +2
J. Evans 19 4 1 2 0 0 1 4 2/3 0/1 0/0 0 1 8 -8
W. Reed 10 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 1/2 0/0 0/0 0 1 3 -7
C. Williams 8 2 0 1 0 0 1 1 1/2 0/0 0/0 0 0 3 +4
S. Thornwell 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 0 0 -3
D. Gallinari - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. Beverley - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Harrell - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Johnson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Wilson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Teodosic - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 237 116 33 30 7 4 15 15 44/76 15/30 13/19 6 27 205 +65
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Schroder 32 19 3 7 1 0 2 0 8/21 1/4 2/2 1 2 35 -14
D. Dedmon 28 17 6 1 0 1 1 4 6/8 3/4 2/4 3 3 25 -8
K. Bazemore 28 14 5 0 1 0 4 2 5/9 4/6 0/0 1 4 16 -11
J. Collins 37 14 10 3 4 0 2 4 7/9 0/0 0/0 3 7 32 -13
T. Waller-Prince 20 2 1 3 2 0 2 2 1/7 0/3 0/0 0 1 9 -8
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Schroder 32 19 3 7 1 0 2 0 8/21 1/4 2/2 1 2 35 -14
D. Dedmon 28 17 6 1 0 1 1 4 6/8 3/4 2/4 3 3 25 -8
K. Bazemore 28 14 5 0 1 0 4 2 5/9 4/6 0/0 1 4 16 -11
J. Collins 37 14 10 3 4 0 2 4 7/9 0/0 0/0 3 7 32 -13
T. Waller-Prince 20 2 1 3 2 0 2 2 1/7 0/3 0/0 0 1 9 -8
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
M. Belinelli 26 20 3 2 2 0 1 3 7/11 1/5 5/5 0 3 28 -7
T. Cavanaugh 16 8 0 0 0 0 0 2 4/5 0/1 0/0 0 0 8 -1
J. Magette 15 4 4 5 0 0 0 0 1/4 0/1 2/2 1 3 18 +1
D. Bembry 13 3 1 2 0 1 2 0 1/4 1/2 0/0 0 1 7 -2
M. Delaney 14 2 2 2 0 0 1 2 0/4 0/3 2/2 0 2 7 +1
E. Ilyasova 5 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 1 3 -3
L. Babbitt - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Plumlee - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Muscala - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Dorsey - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
N. Brussino - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Taylor - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 234 103 36 26 10 2 15 20 40/83 10/29 13/15 9 27 188 -65