Chris Paul scored 19 points and recorded 10 assists, his 32nd double-double of the season, to lead the Los Angeles Clippers to a close victory over the Atlanta Hawks, 109-108. The Clippers shot 42-79 (53.2%) from the field and controlled the offensive glass with 13 rebounds. Los Angeles (44-20) is now on a seven-game winning streak, dating back to a 125-117 win against Oklahoma City Thunder on February 23rd.
Paul finished 7-14 from the field. Other key performers for Los Angeles were Blake Griffin with 27 points and 8 rebounds, and DeAndre Jordan with 13 points and 12 rebounds. Despite the loss, DeMarre Carroll put up 19 points for Atlanta on 7-14 shooting, including 3-6 from behind the arc. Pero Antic chipped in 16 points and 6 rebounds.
The Clippers combined hot shooting (eFG% of 57.6%) with high-quality work on the offensive backboards (OR% of 38.2%). They are undefeated (6-0) on the season when exceeding 55% and 30%, respectively, in those metrics. The Hawks, however, are winless (0-6) when giving up those numbers to their opponents.
Atlanta (26-35) has now dropped their last six consecutive games.
Coming up next, the Clippers square off against the Phoenix Suns, who are 36-25 on the year. The Hawks match up with the Utah Jazz, currently 22-41 this season. The Clippers are 1-1 versus Phoenix this season. The Hawks are 1-0 versus Utah this season.
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