Teague, Pachulia lead Atlanta past Clippers

Associated Press Modified: November 24, 2012 at 10:01 pm •  Published: November 24, 2012
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Atlanta never trailed after Teague hit a 17-footer that made it 26-24 early in the second, and Los Angeles' poor shooting played a big role in its demise. Williams' 20-footer ended a 16-0 run in the second quarter and gave the Hawks a 37-24 lead.

"We fought our way back, made it a little bit of a game," Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro said. "At that point everything's got to go so perfect that it just puts too much pressure on you. Not a good performance overall for sure. The run that they made in the second quarter on our bench changed the tide."

Teague, who improved to 2-3 against Paul, credited part of the victory with successfully defending the pick-and-roll and forcing Paul and Griffin to shoot more jump shots than they would like.

Another goal was to challenge Paul and Griffin when the Hawks had the ball to wear down the Clippers' two best offensive options.

"You've got to make those guys guard, too," Teague said. "If they can just play offense the whole game, they're going to eat you alive, but if you go at them and make them guard, too, it will make them tired on the defensive end just as well."

Notes: Hawks G Devin Harris missed the game with a sore big left toe. ... Saturday also marked the first time in Teague's three seasons that he's had consecutive double-doubles. He finished Friday's win at Charlotte with 13 points and 12 assists. ... Griffin was given a technical foul from the bench early in the fourth, only a couple of seconds after Clippers F Lamar Odum was called for his first personal foul. ... Atlanta's bench outscored Los Angeles' 20-0 in the first half. ... Clippers G Jamal Crawford added to his NBA career record with his 33rd four-point play, hitting a 3 and the ensuing free throw early in the fourth.



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