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Korver ties 3-point-streak record in Hawks' win

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ATLANTA -- Kyle Korver tied an NBA record while ensuring the Los Angeles Clippers' seven-game road trip got off to a bad start.

The Atlanta Hawks guard ran his streak to 89 consecutive games with a 3-pointer, and forward Paul Millsap scored 25 points as the Hawks defeated the Clippers 107-97 Wednesday night.

Korver shot 6-for-9 from 3-point range en route to 23 points, and the Hawks hit a season-high 12 3-pointers in 23 attempts.

"They got everything they wanted all night," Clippers coach Doc Rivers said of the way the Hawks picked his team apart. "Of course, it frustrates you. We weren't good individually or as a team."

Korver, who missed the previous four games with a rib contusion, quickly ended the suspense over continuing his 3-point streak, drilling his first attempt from 26 feet just 30 seconds into the game.

"I'm glad it's done," Korver said of tying the record. "I haven't been very good around the house not being able to play, and it's been hard on my wife. I was trying to get that first one out of the way as quickly as I could."

Korver called the Hawks' performance "one of the best games we played so far" and tried to share the spotlight.

"It's really a team streak," said the spot-up shooter. "I'm not out there creating my own shots."

Dana Barros also connected in 89 consecutive appearances with the Boston Celtics in the late 1990s. Korver can break the record Friday when the Hawks (10-10) host the Cleveland Cavaliers.

"I guess the rib became a non-issue," Atlanta coach Mike Budenholzer said. "We're all just happy to see Kyle healthy. He's a heck of a shooter."

Forward Blake Griffin scored 24 points for Los Angeles, but the Clippers (12-7) lost for the fifth straight time in Atlanta. Guard Chris Paul had 19 points and 11 assists for Los Angeles.

Center Al Horford added 21 points for the Hawks, who lost five of their previous six games.

"We had a clunker," Rivers said. "You never want to lose your first one (on a road trip)."

Millsap just missed his third straight double-double, pulling down nine rebounds. He also had six assists and more than held his own against Griffin.

"We always have a battle," said Millsap, who faced Griffin regularly while with the Utah Jazz. "The scouting report was to the limit the lobs."

The Clippers scored four quick points at the end of the second quarter but still trailed 55-44 at the break as the Hawks went 7-for-15 from behind the arc in the first half. Horford had 13 points by intermission, while Korver and Millsap each had 11.

Paul had 13 first-half points, and Griffin and guard Jamal Crawford 10 points each, but the Clippers were 0-for-6 on 3-pointers before the break and finished 4-for-19.

Down by 16 points early in the third quarter, the Clippers got within 79-74 on a basket by Paul early in the fourth. That was as close as Los Angeles could get, though, as the Hawks quickly regained control.

"We have to find a defensive identity," Paul said. "It's getting frustrating, because we are more than capable."

Forward DeMarre Carroll and guard Shelvin Mack each scored 12 points for the Hawks.

Crawford and guard Darren Collison both finished with 13 points for the Clippers, who got a game-high 13 rebounds from center DeAndre Jordan.

NOTES: G Willie Green started again for the Clippers in place of J.J. Redick, who is out for two months after breaking his right hand Sunday. Green scored nine points in 29 minutes Wednesday after scoring just two points in 15 minutes during Monday's loss to the Indiana Pacers. ... The Clippers are also without F Matt Barnes (retina surgery). ... The Hawks sent G Dennis Schroder, their first-round draft choice, to Bakersfield of the NBA Development League. The 20-year-old German averaged 3.7 points and 2.5 assists in 11 games, but just three of the appearances came in the past 10 games. ... The Clippers, who began a seven-game, 13-day trip Wednesday, play the Grizzlies in Memphis on Thursday. Coach Doc Rivers will face his old Celtics team in Boston next Wednesday. ... The Hawks began a four-game homestand and a stretch of seven of eight games at home.
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