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Clippers 109, Hawks 108

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LOS ANGELES -- Forward Blake Griffin scored 27 points and grabbed eight rebounds, and the Los Angeles Clippers held on for a 109-108 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday night at Staples Center.

The Clippers (44-20) captured their seventh consecutive win, their longest streak of the season, and their 10th decision in the last 12 contests. Atlanta (26-35) lost its sixth straight and the 14th in the past 15 games.

Point guard Chris Paul scored 19 points and handed out 10 assists, while forward Matt Barnes scored 13 of his 17 points in the first half. Center DeAndre Jordan finished with 13 points and 12 rebounds and guard Darren Collison added 12 points.

Griffin scored 17 of his points in the second half. It was the 22nd game in a row that the All-Star forward has scored at least 20 points.

Forward DeMarre Carroll led Atlanta with 19 points, guard Kyle Korver had 17 and center Pero Antic scored 16.

The Hawks, who were coming off a 111-97 loss Friday night to the Golden State Warriors, held a 58-57 lead at the half before the Clippers began to dictate in the third quarter.

An 11-2 spurt after a tip-in by Griffin allowed the Clippers to grab an 81-72 lead with 3:46 remaining in the third. They took an 88-78 lead entering the fourth quarter.

But Atlanta rallied late in the game. Guard Jeff Teague tied the score at 107 on a floater with 1:35 remaining before Paul gave Los Angeles the lead again on a drive with 54.6 seconds left. The Hawks had a chance to tie the score again, but turned the ball over with 35 seconds remaining.

Griffin missed two free throws with 13.4 seconds remaining. Teague was fouled by Jordan on a shot in the lane with 1.2 seconds left. However, Teague missed the first free throw before making the second for the game's final point.

Los Angeles guard Jamal Crawford returned after missing three games with a strained left calf. However, Crawford didn't play in the second half after logging 10 minutes in the first half. He finished with three points.

NOTES: Atlanta G-F Kyle Korver extended his NBA record of 3-pointers to 128 games with a trey less than three minutes into the contest. ... Clippers G-F Jared Dudley sat out his second straight game with back spasms. ... Hawks C Pero Antic got the start instead of F-C Elton Brand, who got the nod in Friday's loss to the Golden State Warriors. ... The point guard matchup featured a pair of former Wake Forest standouts (Chris Paul and Jeff Teague). ... Atlanta entered the game leading the NBA in assists at 25.2 per game. Los Angeles was third at 24.4 per game. ... Atlanta recorded a 107-97 win over the Clippers in their initial meeting on Dec. 4. ... The Hawks cap their six-game road trip Monday against the Utah Jazz. ... The Clippers host the Phoenix Suns on Monday and the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday.
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