LOS ANGELES -- After Chris Paul joined the Los Angeles Clippers and Blake Griffin last summer, they were supposed to become a two-man show.
But now the Clippers suddenly have a cast so balanced the names won't all fit on the marquee.
Los Angeles had six players in double-figures -- but none with more than 16 points -- as it disposed of visiting Atlanta, 89-76, on Sunday afternoon at Staples Center.
Griffin had 16 points and six rebounds and Paul added 15 points and eight assists as the Clippers won their third straight to move to 4-2.
The Clippers relied on their bench for a long stretch in the fourth quarter as they grew their lead from five points to 20 before the Hawks made a too-little, too-late spurt to close the final margin.
The starters played a total of just six minutes, 45 seconds in the fourth quarter for the Clippers as backups Matt Barnes, Ryan Hollins and Eric Bledsoe took over.
Bledsoe had eight of his 12 points in the fourth and Barnes added six of his 10.
"Our team is different," said guard Jamal Crawford, who had 11 points off the bench. "We have a different dynamic. Obviously those two (Paul and Griffin) are superstars -- it's hard enough to get one star on your team, much less two superstars -- but now you have this bench that, and I may be a little biased, but I think is the best in the league. I think the sky is the limit with this team because we can come at you in waves."
Josh Smith had 13 points, six rebounds, four assists and five turnovers for the Hawks (2-3), who lost their second straight after also falling to the defending-champion Miami Heat on Friday. Al Horford and Louis Williams each added 11 points for Atlanta, which shot 41.7 percent from the field and just 7-of-16 from the free-throw line. Los Angeles also forced 22 Atlanta turnovers and picked up 12 steals.
"We got a little careless with the ball," Smith said. "Whenever you give a home team momentum plays like that, it's kind of hard to give yourselves the opportunity to win the fourth quarter. You have to kind of play perfect."
After heading into halftime with a 39-37 lead, the Clippers trailed by as much as five in the third quarter before Griffin had back-to-back baskets with less than a minute left to reclaim the momentum. With the backups in to start the final quarter, Los Angeles went up eight with just over nine minutes left, and head coach Vinny Del Negro stayed with the hot hands.
"That's what is great about our team," Barnes said. "We do have a very deep team and coach has confidence with whoever he puts on the court. Normally in a situation like that, no matter what the score, the stars go back in the game. But coach has confidence in us. We stretched it from five to 10 to 15 to 20, and that's a tribute to him for believing in us and sticking with something that's working on the court."
Neither team could take control early in the game as both teams played good on-ball defense.
Paul had nine-first half points and Griffin had eight, while Williams had nine to lead Atlanta, with Smith and Horford each contributing eight points. Eight Clippers scored in the first half, though, with six scoring four or more points
"Each year, the Clippers have evolved," Smith said. "I think this is the deepest I've seen the Clippers in a long time. And when you have a guy at the head of the snake like that who is a willing passer, who gets people involved -- especially when he knows he can get his shots at any time -- it gives the team confidence."
NOTES: Clippers starting shooting guard Willie Green, who finished with just two points, played in 53 games for the Hawks last season before being traded for the rights to Sofoklis Schortsanitis in July. ... Crawford won the NBA Sixth Man of the Year award for Atlanta in 2010. ... The teams tied their season series last year, 1-1, and the Clippers haven't won a season series with the Hawks since 2005.