3. From the 8:21 mark until the 58.4-second mark in the first quarter, the Hawks failed to make a field goal. They missed 16 field goal attempts in a row and shot 6-for-25 (24%) to the Clippers’ 13-for-22 (59.1%), trailing 32-16 after the first quarter. Things got only slightly better in the second quarter and the Hawks trailed by 19 at halftime, and the effort to start the game was a disappointment to Pierce, even if things turned around in the second half: “There was nothing more disturbing than watching our guys in that first half,” Pierce said. “The message was, we’re just not in a position to come out and not compete, the way we were in the first half, to not have a sense of urgency against a team that played the night before. I hope this is a momentum builder, I hope it’s an understanding of how we have to play from start to finish. But couldn’t be prouder of those guys in that fourth quarter.”
4. Starting the third quarter out on a 12-1 run, the Hawks quickly began to turn things around. Tallying a season-high 63 rebounds in the game (including a season-high 23 offensive rebounds) played a big part in that as they wore the Clippers down and set a season-high in second-chance points (25). Bruno Fernando added nine rebounds, Cam Reddish added eight and Kevin Huerter added seven. After giving up 60 points in the first half, the Hawks slowed the Clippers down to 35 points in the second half.
5. Alex Len returning to action was a bright spot for the Hawks, and he added seven points and seven rebounds. Len had missed four games with lower-back pain -- before that, he was averaging 10.8 points and 7.7 rebounds per game in January.
By the numbers
64.1% (or 25-for-39, what the Clippers shot from the line as they struggled to make free throws)
“He got going. He gave us a punch. He made a couple shots but he really settled us. ... You could feel the momentum going and he was the main reason behind it.” (Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce on Brandon Goodwin’s performance in the fourth quarter)