Hawks Collins and Goodwin take down Clippers 102-95

Photo Courtesy ofΒ Alexander Jonesi β€’ CC BY-SA 2.0

Atlanta returned to home court to face the LA Clippers on Wednesday night at State Farm Arena.

Hawks Trae Young was out due to a right thigh contusion. While Jeff Teague started in Young’s place.

The Clippers also had noticeable absences of Patrick Beverly, Kawhi Leonard, and Paul George . George was seen practicing pre-game. However he did sit out once the game began due to a strained right hamstring. Leonard skipped the back-to-back games (he has not played consecutive games since 2017). While Beverly was out due to a groin injury.

John Collins led the Hawks in scoring a double-double with a season high 33 points 16 rebounds. Goodwin collected 19 points (all in the fourth) the most he’s scored in a quarter in his career, to help seal the dub.

Heading into the final quarter the Hawks trailed the Clippers by 6 points.

Let’s talk about Goodwin standout performance.

After scoring a 3 midway into the fourth, Goodwin lobbed to Collins to force the score 91-88. Collins scored again to put the score to 91-90.

Goodwin headed to the rim and gave the Hawks a two-point lead.

Shortly afterwards Goodwin connected all three free throws, giving the Hawks a five point lead boosting the score 96-91. Goodwin finds De’Andre Hunter hit a three pointer from the corner to put the score at 99-93.Β  Lou Williams scored on a pair of free throws to help the Hawks continue the lead. In the end the Clippers could not hold off the Hawks. Atlanta walked away with a 102-95 home win.

β€œHate to start with the negative but there’s nothing more disturbing than watching our guys in that first half. The message was we’re just not in a position to come out and not compete the way we were in the first half and to not have a sense of urgency against a team that played the night before. said Head Coach Lloyd Pierce β€œI hope this is a momentum builder. I hope this is an understanding of how we have to play from start to finish. But, I couldn’t be prouder of the guys in that fourth quarter and the way they battled.”

When asked Brandon Goodwin and Cam Reddish about one one to describe their mood this is what they said:

Next Up: The Atlanta Hawks now (11-34) are on the road to face the Oklahoma City Thunder (26-19) today at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Tip-off is at 8:00 pm.