LOS ANGELES (AP) — Al Horford scored a career-high 31 points in his 200th NBA game and the Atlanta Hawks sent the wheeling-and-dealing Los Angeles Clippers reeling to their sixth straight loss with a 110-92 victory Wednesday night.
Josh Smith had 20 points and nine rebounds, and Joe Johnson added 18 points for Atlanta. The Hawks have won four of five, including a 103-97 decision against the Clippers in Atlanta.
Blake had nine assists and three points in 33 minutes and was 1 for 6 from the field while starting for Baron Davis, who missed his first game of the season because of a sore lower back that plagued him during Tuesday night's 109-87 loss at Portland.
Less than an hour before tipoff, Los Angeles acquired Drew Gooden from Cleveland in a three-team trade that sent Al Thornton to Washington and Sebastien Telfair to the Cavaliers. The Wizards had acquired Gooden on Saturday in a trade with Dallas.
Horford, who made 12 of 15 shots, paced Atlanta to a 56-44 halftime lead with 17 points. He scored seven of them during a 17-6 run, capping it with an assist on a fastbreak layup by Josh Smith that extended the Hawks' lead to 54-38 with 2:48 left in the second quarter.
The Clippers got as close as 81-75 on a 3-pointer by Butler with 3 seconds left in the third quarter, but the Hawks opened the fourth with a 14-2 run to open up a 95-78 lead. Smith capped the rally with an alley-oop dunk off a feed from Jamal Crawford with 8:08 remaining, and the Clippers got no closer than 16 points.
Despite coming in cold to a new team, Blake had four assists in the first 6 1-2 minutes — three of them in a 1:34 span to set up an 18-footer by Kaman, a short jumper by Eric Gordon and a 3-pointer by Butler. In the second quarter, Blake threw a perfect alley-oop lob above the rim that DeAndre Jordan slammed home to trim Atlanta's lead to 37-32 with 7:37 left in the half.
Crawford, playing with a sore left shoulder, scored 12 points and is 28 away from 10,000. Crawford has played 648 games in the NBA, the most by any active player who hasn't gotten to the playoffs. But that should change this season, with the Hawks holding the third-best record in the Eastern Conference (34-18).
NOTES: Atlanta assistant coach Jim Todd lost his first 11 games as interim head coach of the Clippers after replacing Chris Ford in February 2000. Todd finished out that season with a 4-33 record before Los Angeles hired Alvin Gentry. ... The trade came more as a disappointment than a shock to Thornton. "A lot of my friends were texting me and said they saw it on TV," Thornton said. "I really wanted to stay here. I kind of got comfortable here. But at the end of the day, I know it's a business and you've got to make moves. I thank the Clippers for everything, but I'm happy for the opportunity Washington is giving me and I know I'll do well there. You've got to think that way." ... The Clippers were 2-15 last season when Davis was out of the lineup. "The way he played yesterday, clearly he showed he was hurt. And if a guy tells me he's hurt, then he's hurt," Hughes said. "I'd rather have a guy who's ready to play than a guy who's laboring and can't play the way he needs to play."