Austin Rivers, Jamal Crawford take charge as Clippers ground Hawks to end two-game skid
Austin Rivers led the Clippers with 27 points and six assists to end their two-game skid. AP

AUSTIN Rivers scored 27 points, Jamal Crawford added 19 off the bench as the undermanned Los Angeles Clippers snapped a two-game losing streak by beating the Atlanta Hawks, 115-105, on Monday (Tuesday, Manila time) at the Philips Arena.

Rivers shot 5-of-10 from beyond the arc and had six assists as to end the skid for the Clippers side hobbled by injuries on top stars Chris Paul and Blake Griffin. 

The Clippers led by as much as 24 points in the third quarter before Atlanta chipped at the deficit, managing to make it 105-100 after a jumper from Kent Bazemore with three minutes left in the game.

Jamal Crawford scored four points on consecutive plays to give the Clippers some breathing room and held on to the win. 

JJ Redick also sank three triples en route to 17 points, while Raymond Felton added 14. The Clippers buried 14-of-24 three-pointers and 50 percent total in field goals.

Atlanta led briefly in the first quarter before the Clippers took over until the buzzer.  

Kent Bazemore finished with 25 points for the Hawks who won their previous two games. Denis Schroder chipped in 21. Dwight Howard had 16 points and 12 boards.  

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