LOS ANGELES: The short-handed Los Angeles Clippers could not overcome the lack of stars Kawhi Leonard and Paul George on Tuesday as they have been overwhelmed by Atlanta, snapping their seven-game NBA win streak.
Atlanta all-star Trae Younger scored 38 factors in his return because the Hawks rallied from a primary half deficit to defeat the Clippers 108-99 on the State Farm Enviornment.
Hawk main scorer Younger, who sat out one sport with a again downside, shot 12-of-23 from the sphere and scored 26 factors of his 38 within the first half. He completed an ideal 11 of 11 from the free-throw line.
George and Leonard have been dominated out of the competition however the membership didn’t launch any particulars aside from to say they have been sidelined resulting from Covid-19 “well being and security protocols”.
The membership is leaving open the prospect that they may be a part of their teammates in a while of their six-game street journey which may even take them to Miami, Orlando, New York and Cleveland.
Regardless of the continuing world pandemic that has killed 425,000 Individuals — together with over 13,000 in Georgia — organizers for the primary time allowed 1,180 spectators into the State Farm facility to observe the sport reside.
The Clippers, who entered Monday tied with the reigning league champion Los Angeles Lakers for prime spot within the Western Convention, have been additionally lacking guard Patrick Beverley with a proper knee harm.
Additionally returning for Atlanta was Clint Capela, who missed the final sport with proper hand soreness. Capela had 13 factors and 19 rebounds, his third consecutive sport with a minimum of 19 rebounds for the Hawks, who’ve received 4 of their final 5.
Atlanta additionally obtained 22 factors from De’Andre Hunter, 13 factors from Kevin Huerter, whereas John Collins delivered 11 factors and 11 rebounds.
The Clippers have been led by Reggie Jackson with 20 factors, seven rebounds and eight assists and Serge Ibaka scored 15 factors. Ivica Zubac and Luke Kennard each scored 13.
The Clippers led 48-43 on the half because of an Ibaka hook shot late within the third quarter.
However the Hawks roared again within the second half as Hunter scored off a Solomon Hill steal with slightly below eight minutes to go to make it 86-79 for Los Angeles and so they held on from there.