Horford, front-court, feast on depleted Clippers

AP Photo/Gus Ruelas

Al Horford notched a career high 31 points, Josh Smith added 20, and the Hawks cruised to a 110-92 victory over the Clippers. Facing a team depleted by two trades in less than 24-hours, including the departure of Marcus Camby, Horford turned in the best scoring output of his career, shooting 12 – 15 from the floor and 7-9 from the line.

The Hawks hit on none of the team’s seven 3-pt. attempts, but were having such an easy time getting the ball inside it didn’t matter. 42 of the team’s 56 first-half points came in the paint, and the team finished shot 54% from the field for the game.

Yeah, the Clippers are a shell of a team, but it’s great to return from the All-Star layoff with a decisive road victory. Even better when your freshly minted All-Star center goes off for a career high and misses just 5 shot attempts.

That’s 4 wins out of the last 5 for the Hawks, and win number 34 on the year through 52 games. For reference, it took the team 60 games to reach 34 wins last season. Whether or not you can take anything from a win over a particularly weak Clippers squad, this was a good way to kick off a big west-coast swing that includes upcoming trips to Phoenix, Golden State, and Utah in the five days.

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