Hawks stay hot by taking down Clippers

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Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Paul Millsap tallied 23 points and the Atlanta Hawks proved themselves once again by pulling away for an impressive 107-98 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers.

Jeff Teague netted 12 of his 20 points in the third quarter as the Hawks dominated the final 15 minutes to break open a close contest and surge to their fifth consecutive triumph.

Atlanta, now 19-2 since Nov. 26, maintained its lead atop the Eastern Conference and has now won eight straight against the more-heralded West, including notable results over Portland and the Clippers on this current road trip.

Teague added nine assists for the Hawks, who also received a 17-point, eight- rebound effort from DeMarre Carroll and 16 points from Al Horford.

The Clippers had a three-game win streak halted despite Blake Griffin's 26 points and 10 rebounds. DeAndre Jordan posted 15 points and 16 boards in the loss, while Chris Paul also recorded a double-double of 10 points and 10 assists.

Atlanta took control near the end of the third quarter, closing out the period on a 10-2 run to turn a tie game into a 77-69 lead. Carroll began the spurt with a transition layup, then knocked down a 3-pointer off a Teague steal moments afterward to get the Hawks rolling.

Jamal Crawford's triple to open the fourth got the Clippers back within five, but Atlanta's Pero Antic buried a trey on the other end and Dennis Schroder followed with a driving basket to put the Hawks up 82-72.

Atlanta kept on charging from there, with a Schroder three preceding back-to- back dunks from Horford and Millsap that extended the margin to 93-78 with seven minutes to go.

The Hawks remained ahead by 15 nearing the final minute, when Los Angeles scored the game's last six points.

Los Angeles got off to a terrific start, sinking five of its first six shots during an 11-2 game-opening run. Atlanta countered with a 13-4 sequence to tie it, but the Clippers owned a 26-21 edge after one quarter behind seven points and seven rebounds from Jordan.

Griffin's dunk off a Paul feed sent Los Angeles into halftime with a 46-44 lead, and neither side was in front by more than four points until the Hawks started to separate near the end of the third quarter.

Game Notes

The Hawks finished 13-of-27 on 3-pointers, compared to a 7-of-25 rate for the Clips ... Los Angeles had 21 turnovers for the game, leading to 23 Atlanta points ... The Hawks recorded their first road win over the Clippers since Jan. 2, 2011, having lost three straight as the visitor in the series ... Antic contributed 13 of Atlanta's 22 bench points.