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 (AP) — Jeff Teague only gets two chances to face Chris Paul each season, so he wants to make the most of his opportunities.

It took Teague much of the first quarter to find his momentum against Paul, a fellow Wake Forest point guard. Once he did, the Atlanta Hawks were making stops on defense and scoring in transition.

Teague had 19 points and 11 assists, Zaza Pachulia added 19 points and 12 rebounds, and the Hawks won their fifth straight game with a 104-93 victory over Los Angeles on Saturday night.

The trick was to keep All-Star Paul on the perimeter and limit how many times he drove the lane for an easy basket or assist.

"I don't know how we did it," Teague said. "He's a great player. We just made plays and played defense — team defense — and tried to live with those guys making jump shots."

Blake Griffin scored 22 points and Paul had 19 for the Clippers.

Los Angeles has lost a season-high three consecutive games after winning six in a row.

Lou Williams finished with 18 points and Josh Smith added 17 for Atlanta.

One night after managing season lows in points and field-goal percentage in an 86-76 loss at Brooklyn, the Clippers shot just 42.7 percent from the field. They began the game with the NBA's third-best shooting percentage, but ended a four-game road trip with just one victory.

"It's a terrible road trip for us, especially with all of them begin winnable games," Paul said. "I think what we've learned from it is that it's not as easy as it looks. That's where you build your identity at — on the road."

The Clippers twice closed within six before halftime, the second time coming on Griffin's dunk at the 1:20 mark, but Los Angeles was all but run out of Philips Arena in the third.

After Willie Green's layup cut the lead to eight in the first 2 minutes of the third, the Clippers were outscored 18-4. Smith had a big highlight, catching Pachulia's long pass up the court and dribbling past Griffin for a left-handed dunk that made it 68-50.

Pachulia followed with two baskets, a 16-footer from the left baseline and a putback that gave the Hawks a 22-point lead with 4:06 left in the third.

"He was a warrior, he really was," Hawks coach Larry Drew said. "He was very physical tonight. Zaza doesn't have much lift around the basket, but he just throws that body all over the place and somehow gets the shot off. He was really good for us."



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