The Clippers’ Jeff Green, left, and Kent Bazemore of Atlanta fight for a rebound during Saturday’s game at Staples Center, won 107-97 by the Hawks/AP photo by Mark J. Terrill
– The Clippers were coming off a highly emotional 103-98 come-from-behind victory over Oklahoma City on Wednesday. Then they bolted to a 17-point lead over the Hawks with 10:20 left in the second quarter. It was a recipe for disaster. The Clippers, as it sometimes happens under these circumstances, suddenly hit emotional bottom and they were just never the same the rest of the way.
– Hack-a-DJ played a role in this loss as DeAndre Jordan was forced to shoot 17 free throws. He made only seven. This greatly contributed to the Clippers’ 60.7 percentage (17 of 28) from the free-throw line. The Hawks made 85 percent (17 of 20) of their free throws. Jordan did score 17 points, grab 11 rebounds, make four steals and block five shots.
– The Clippers committed a total of 19 turnovers – 18 player, one team. Point guard Chris Paul had four of them in an uncharacteristically sloppy performance. “I had some bad turnovers tonight …,” he said afterward. Paul scored 17 points, but he shot just 6 of 16.
– It also didn’t help the Clippers (40-21) that their best 3-point shooter – J.J. Redick – made just 2 of 7 from beyond the arc, just 4 of 13 overall from the field. Redick is still shooting 47.5 percent (151 of 318), but he’s fallen from No. 1 in the league to No. 2 behind San Antonio’s Kawhi Leonard, who is shooting 47.8 percent (108 of 226) from distance.
– The Clippers had no answer for Atlanta’s Paul Millsap. All he did was scored 20 points on 8 of 14 shooting and grab a whopping 18 rebounds. He also had five assists and three steals. His effort helped the Hawks (35-28) outrebound the Clippers 53-41.