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LOS ANGELES, Calif. Sio Moore Jersey . - The Atlanta Hawks just keep rolling on the road.They pulled away in
the fourth quarter to beat the Los Angeles Clippers 107-98 Monday night
and earn their seventh straight road victory for the first time in 21
years.They have been doing it by building double-digit leads on
opponents floors.We really cant control the crowd and a lot of stuff, so
we just go out there and do the best we can, said Al Horford, who had
16 points for the East-leading Hawks. Coach always stresses the
importance of defending and rebounding, and I feel like weve been doing a
good job of that.Paul Millsap scored 23 points, Jeff Teague added 20,
and DeMarre Carroll had 17 points and eight rebounds in Atlantas fifth
straight win overall and 19th in 21 games.Right now, Atlanta has
unshakable confidence, Clippers coach Doc Rivers said.Not so for the
Clippers, who fell to 7-10 against teams that currently have winning
records.Defensively, we have no presence, said Chris Paul, who had 10
points and 10 assists before fouling out with 1:50 to play.Blake Griffin
had 26 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Clippers, whose biggest lead
of nine came at the start of the game. DeAndre Jordan added 15 points
and 16 rebounds, and J.J. Redick had 14 points as the teams three-game
winning streak ended.If we knew exactly what we need to address, Griffin
said, hesitating to find the words. Its just not something we can snap
our fingers and fix.Dennis Schroders driving layup gave the Hawks the
games first double-digit lead, 82-72, early in the fourth. It came near
the start of an 18-6 run that extended their advantage to 95-78, largest
of the game. Schroder had seven points, Pero Antic five, and Millsap
four in the spurt.We werent executing and making good decisions early,
but our defence put us in a position where we could kind of hang around
and keep it at six or eight, Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer said. We made a
little run at the end of the second quarter, then the defence
maintained its place, and offensively we got into a little bit of a
rhythm.The Clippers committed six of their season-high 21 turnovers in
the fourth, when the Hawks had one. Atlanta shot 48 per cent from
3-point range, and the Clippers were held to 28 per cent.We missed a lot
of open shots and were very lax with the ball, Rivers said. We lost the
game because we turned the ball over and gave them easy shots. We were
forcing a lot of passes.Griffin made one of two free throws to tie it
67-all late in the third before the Hawks scored 10 of the last 12
points to take a 77-69 lead going into the fourth. Carroll had six in
the spurt. Griffin and Paul both picked up their fourth fouls in the
quarter when the Clippers briefly led by two.The Clippers turnovers led
to 23 points by the Hawks, who came in averaging 26.5 in four previous
games.TIP-INSHawks: They had 13 steals. ... The last time they won seven
straight road games was Nov. 17-Dec. 22, 1993. ... Their bench was 1
for 12 from the field in the first half. ... Atlanta has won eight
straight against West foes, equaling their streak from Oct. 31-Nov. 18,
1997. ... They snapped a three-game skid against the Clippers at Staples
Center. ... They won the season series 2-0, having taken a three-point
victory at home less than two weeks ago.Clippers: Former Laker Dennis
Rodman sat behind the teams bench. ... They shot 50 per cent from the
field in the opening quarter before dipping to 36 per cent in the
second. ... Informed that he remains Atlantas franchise assists leader
with 3,866, Rivers joked, Atlanta has not had a lot of good players.
Rivers played for the Hawks from 1983-91 at the start of his NBA
career.SHOOTIN SCHRODERSchroder had all seven of his points in the
fourth after going 0 of 4 in the first half.Its great for him as a young
player to stick with it, Budenholzer said. Hes a very confident young
man, and he made some big plays. He also did well defensively. Were
trying to do it as a team, and different guys at different moments are
finding ways to help us.SEARCHING CLIPPERSLike Griffin, Jordan cant
quite put his finger on why the Clippers struggle against the NBAs best
teams especially defensively.You see it in spurts of us having the right
tools to be a defensive team, Jordan said. Then theres times where we
look like we dont know what were doing.UP NEXTHawks: Host Memphis on
Wednesday.Clippers: Host Lakers on Wednesday.


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The 24-year-old from London, Ont., recorded a score of 8,282 for the
victory that comes a year after he won bronze at the world
championships. Patrick Robinson Colts Jersey . PAUL, Minn.Despite hearing rumours that he is supposedly frustrated
with his teams direction, John Tavares says that he remains committed to
staying with the New York Islanders for the remaining four years of his
contract.
The team captain signed a six-year, $33 million deal with the Islanders
prior to the 2011-12 season. He was having a good year with 24 goals and
42 assists in 59 games before suffering a season-ending knee injury
while playing for Canada at the Sochi Olympics.
"I signed six years because I wanted to be here. Theres no part of me
that wants to leave," Tavares toldd Newsday on Monday. Darius Butler Colts Jersey. "I think [the talk] is a product of the team not winning, and the
perception around here from other markets is always a lot different from
what actually happens. I know weve still got some great things we can
accomplish here and my mindset hasnt changed.
"Im excited to come back next year and Ive always loved being here," the
23-year-old added.
The Islanders finished 14th in the 16-team Eastern Conference this
season, one year after finishing eighth and falling to the Pittsburgh
Penguins in the first round of the playoffs.


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