Dejounte Murray, De'Andre Hunter help Hawks beat Clippers 110-93 to snap 3-game skid


LOS ANGELES — Dejounte Murray scored 21 points, De’Andre Hunter added 20 and the Atlanta Hawks beat the Los Angeles Clippers 110-93 on Sunday night to snap a three-game losing streak.

Jalen Johnson had 18 points and 12 rebounds, and Clint Capela added 15 points and 13 rebounds for the Hawks.

Murray had five 3-pointers, marking a career-high fifth straight game he has knocked down at least four from beyond the arc. The Hawks were 17 for 34 on 3-pointers after tying a season high with 20 in Friday night’s loss at Utah.

Kawhi Leonard scored 28 points to lead the Clippers, and Paul George had 26. Los Angeles has lost four of its last five and is in fourth place in the Western Conference.

Atlanta had a 31-29 lead at the end of the first quarter, before outscoring the Clippers 30-15 in the second quarter to take a 61-44 advantage into halftime. Atlanta was 11 of 23 from the field in the quarter while the Los Angeles was 6 of 23, including 1 of 10 on 3-pointers.

Capela led the way for the Hawks in the first half with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Leonard had 17 points in the first quarter, the second-most points he has had in the opening 12 minutes of a regular-season game in his 12-year career. He had three 3-pointers and completed a four-point play with 40 seconds remaining that tied the score at 29-all.

Atlanta then scored the next 10 points to take control.

Los Angeles got within six midway through the quarter before Atlanta countered with a 17-2 run. A turnaround hook shot by Capela put the Hawks up 61-40 with 2:15 remaining in the first half.

A 3-pointer by Hunter gave Atlanta its largest lead at 91-62 less than one minute into the fourth quarter. The Clippers went on a 24-9 run, but could not draw closer.

James Harden, who missed the Clippers’ last two games due to a left shoulder strain, had nine points and nine assists in 36 minutes.

UP NEXT

Hawks: Remain in Los Angeles to face the Lakers on Monday night.

Clippers: At Portland on Wednesday night.

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