Clippers storm past Hawks in 4th quarter

Clippers storm past Hawks in 4th quarter
November 11, 2012, 6:08 pm
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Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin, right, drives on Atlanta Hawks forward Al Horford (15), of the Dominican Republic, for a basket in the first half of an NBA basketball game on Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Gus Ruelas)


LOS ANGELES (AP) Blake Griffin scored 16 points, Chris Paul had 15 points and eight assists and the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Atlanta Hawks 89-76 on Sunday.

Jamal Crawford, who won the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year award in 2010 while playing for Atlanta, had 11 points after coming in with a team-high 21.8 average - tops among the league's reserves. Fifth-year center DeAndre Jordan, coming off the first back-to-back 20-point games of his NBA career, finished with eight points.

Josh Smith had a team-high 13 points for the Hawks, who shot 41.7 percent from the field in the opener of a four-game road trip. Atlanta also committed 22 turnovers that were converted into 24 Clippers points.