Hawks snap 8-game losing streak, defeat Clippers



ATLANTA (AP) -- Joe Johnson scored 27 points, Zaza Pachulia added 22, and the Atlanta Hawks ended an eight-game losing streak by beating the Los Angeles Clippers 86-74 on Saturday night.
The Hawks won for the first time since a Dec. 15 victory at Memphis. They won at home for the first time since beating Charlotte on Nov. 29.
The eight-game skid was Atlanta's longest since losing the first nine games of the 2005-06 season. The Hawks had losing streaks of 13 and 14 games in their 13-win season in 2004-05.
Only four players scored in double figures. Elton Brand led the Clippers with 26 points, including 12 in the first quarter, and Tim Thomas had 14.
The Clippers' only lead was 8-6, but the Hawks could not pull away. The final margin matched Atlanta's largest lead, a 60-48 advantage in the third quarter.
Clippers go inside
The Clippers attacked inside with Brand from their first possession and kept passing to the power forward. Brand's first four points came on free throws after drawing fouls on Pachulia and Shelden Williams.
When the Hawks stopped fouling, Brand kept scoring. Brand scored the Clippers' first 12 points. No other Los Angeles player scored until a follow shot by Quinton Ross with 2:33 left in the opening period.
Johnson almost matched Brand with 11 first-quarter points, and the Hawks had better balance to lead 25-16 at the end of the period and 42-36 at halftime.
Atlanta pulled ahead by 12 points on a basket by Johnson with 4:41 left in the third quarter, but the Clippers finished the quarter with an 11-4 run to cut the deficit to 64-59.
The Clippers fell to 0-11 on the road when trailing after three quarters.
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