The Clippers (12-7, 4-5 road) dropped their second straight game. They entered the game second in the NBA in scoring at 106.4 points per game before being stymied by the Hawks.Blake Griffin had 24 points and Chris Paul added a double-double with 19 points and 11 assists.
The Hawks led by as many as 15 points in the second quarter and took a 55-44 lead into intermission. The Hawks used a 12-2 first-quarter run, which included nine straight points from Millsap, to take command early. The Clippers only lead came at 2-0 14 seconds into the game.
The Hawks extended their lead to 16 points in the third quarter. The Clippers used an 11-2 run to get as close as seven points but the Hawks took a nine-point advantage into the final quarter.
The Hawks picked up with the improved pace they played with in Monday’s 102-100 last-second loss at the Spurs. The Hawks had gotten away from the tempo during the recent losing streak.
“It’s just the initial thrust,” coach Mike Budenholzer said before the game. “We’ve talked about it with the group from the first day of camp. We want to be great in those first three seconds of transition.
“It starts with rebounding or taking it out quickly if they do score (and) our bigs being committed to running and our wings too. There needs to be a discipline to it and they are starting to understand that better and better. There is a whole list of little things that go into it.”