Jeff Teague, left, of Atlanta and Wesley Johnson of the Clippers battle for a loose ball during the Clippers’ 85-83 victory Wednesday at Atlanta/AP photo by John Bazemore
– Under the circumstances, this was one of the best victories of the season for the Clippers. Not only were they still reeling from the Blake Griffin incident, they somehow won this game even though they shot just 38.8 percent from the field, 18.5 percent (5 of 27) from 3-point range. The Clippers (30-16) are now 13-3 sans Griffin, who likely won’t be back until the beginning of March because of his fractured hand.
– Like Jamal Crawford, Wesley Johnson has been up and down with his shot this season. He shot 3 of 12 in this one, just 1 of 8 from 3-point range. Then again, even though coach Doc Rivers has at times referred to Johnson as “a great shooter,” he has never been that. Johnson is shooting just 41.1 percent overall for his 5-plus years career, a more respectable 34.7 from beyond the arc. Those numbers this season are 42.6 and 34.5, respectively.
– Speaking of Crawford, he was hot in this one, scoring a team-high 21 points on 9 of 16 shooting. Crawford attempted just two 3-point field goals and made one.
– The Clippers did play solid defense. The Hawks shot 43.5 percent (10 of 23) from 3-point range, but just 41.8 overall. Also, the Clippers had a hand in Atlanta committing a whopping 22 turnovers. The Clippers had 11 turnovers.
– Speaking of defense, the Clippers came through with 16 steals, a rather massive amount for one game. Johnson had six of them, Chris Paul had three and Luc Mbah a Moute and Austin Rivers each had two. The Clippers average 7.9 steals per game.
– BONUS TAKE: DeAndre Jordan grabbed 19 rebounds for the second consecutive game.