Found April 24, 2012 on Fox Sports South:
ATLANTA (AP) -- Joe Johnson scored 28 points, including a wild 3-pointer in the final minute, and the Atlanta Hawks held on for a 109-102 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday night, moving a step closer to wrapping up home-court in the first round of the playoffs. Blake Griffin scored a season-high 36 points, while Chris Paul added 34 in a back-and-forth game in which neither team led by double figures until the Hawks went on a 15-2 run at the end of the third quarter, sparked by Jeff Teague and Josh Smith. Johnson clinched it with a pair of 3s, knocking down a desperation shot with 38 seconds remaining and the shot clock running down. He threw up a two-handed heave that somehow banked in, giving the Hawks a 103-96 lead. The score was tied at 70 when the Hawks took control. Teague scored seven straight points and got the best of his fellow Wake Forest guard at the defensive end, stuffing Paul on a drive to the hoop. Teague stood over the Clippers' star, smiling, but there was no bad blood. Paul hopped up to give the Hawks' player a pat on the backside. After Paul hit a pair of free throws, Smith scored six straight points, including a dunk after Paul turned it over with an errant pass. Marvin Williams led the fast break, missing on a drive to the hoop, but Smith was there to clean up. Ivan Johnson closed the quarter with a pair of free throws, pushing the Hawks to an 85-72 lead. Teague finished with 21 points, while Smith had 18 points and 10 rebounds. Los Angeles was essentially a two-man team. Griffin scored 16 of the first 21 points for the Clippers, while Paul took control in the second half. But it wasn't enough, not against a much more balanced effort by the Hawks. Williams scored 11 to lead the Atlanta bench, which outscored the Los Angeles reserves 32-19. Atlanta would wrap up home-court advantage for its opening-round series with Boston if the Celtics lose or the Hawks win their regular-season finale against Dallas. The Clippers are trying to hold on to the fourth seed -- and home-court -- in the West. They'll go into Wednesday's finale at New York tied with Memphis. Teague was at the center of things coming down the stretch as the Clippers tried to close the gap. First, he leaped outside to block a 3-pointer, sending the ball flying into the seats. Then, winding up in a mismatch with Griffin, Teague managed to hold his ground, knock the ball away and draw a foul on Griffin as they battled for the loose ball. Teague jawed a bit with Griffin, Mo Williams stepped in and players from both teams got in the middle of things before the confrontation escalated. Griffin hit eight of nine shots while his teammates were missing seven of nine. His most spectacular basket wasn't one of his thunderous dunks -- instead, he drove under the hoop, then flipped the ball back over his head without looking, turning just in time to watch it drop in. Los Angeles led 28-23 at the end of the opening quarter, but the Hawks' bench led the home team back. Ivan Johnson sparked a 14-2 run with a defensive play, stuffing Nick Young as he drove into the lane looking for a dunk. At the other end, Willie Green put up a 3-pointer that bounced off the rim, the backboard, the rim again and dropped through. The Atlanta starters leaped off the bench to celebrate, while Green did a little hop and pumped his fist along the sideline. NOTES: Before the game, the Hawks presented injured C Zaza Pachulia with the Jason Collier Memorial Trophy for his dedication to community service. The annual award is named after the late Hawks C who died in 2005 from a heart ailment at the age of 28. Collier's widow, daughter and parents attended the ceremony. ... Early in the fourth, Green had a 3-pointer reduced to a 2 after the officials looked at the video replay during a timeout.

Joe Johnson hits wild 3 to bury Clippers

As the Los Angeles Clippers attempted to make a run in Atlanta, Hawks guard Joe Johnson hit a rather improbable buzzer beater. With less than a minute to play, Johnson recovered a loose ball with the shot clock winding down and after being pressured by Clippers guard Mo Williams, threw up a prayer from the left corner. Joe's prayer was answered and the Hawks won by the score 109-102:

Hawks to get boost with Al Horford return

Marc Spears Al Horford changes mind telling Yahoo! he will return to action in limited fashion 4/26 vs DAL after doc meeting. The Hawks forward-center told Y! Sports in the morning he didn't expect to return from the postseason due to pectoral injury suffered earlier this season. But doctor told him some pectoral weakness is normal and not to be fearful of it, which led Horford...

Hawks' Al Horford out for first round

Hawks center Al Horford says he's definitely out for the first-round playoff series against Boston. Horford has missed most of the season recovering from surgery to repair a torn left pectoral muscle. After practicing four-on-four earlier in the week, Horford was optimistic about returning to face the Celtics. But he conceded that his left arm just isn't strong enough to...

Griffin's season-high not enough in Clips' loss

ATLANTA (AP) -- Joe Johnson scored 28 points, including a wild 3-pointer in the final minute, and the Atlanta Hawks held on for a 109-102 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday night, moving a step closer to wrapping up home-court in the first round of the playoffs. Blake Griffin scored a season-high 36 points, while Chris Paul added 34 in a back-and-forth game that was...

Hawks' playoff home court vs. Celtics hinges on finale

The Atlanta Hawks are still not done yet. They still have a little work to do to secure home-court advantage for the first round of the playoffs. They need to do to the Dallas Mavericks Thursday night what they did to the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday night, and that's win at home so they can take care of home. The 109-102 win over the visiting Clippers moved the Hawks...

Clips lose to Hawks, home advantage next?

ATLANTA As the Kiss Cam made its way around Philips Arena to the strains of Marvin Gaye's "Let's Get It On," it came to a rest along the Clippers' bench. Looking up, with sheepish smiles, were DeAndre Jordan and Nick Young, two of the more good-humored Clippers. So Jordan wrapped his arm around Young, pulled him close and planted a kiss on top of his head...

Horford says he's out for the playoffs

With the Celtics set to face the Hawks in the playoffs    , one big question leading into this series was the availability of Al Horford for the Hawks.  After some initial reports that he was expected back, Horford today told Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports that he's probably out. "I don't feel like it is realistic that I can play for the playoffs," Horford...

Horford, Pachulia to miss time & Doc optimistic on Allen

#Hawks C @Al_Horford (pectoral) says he's out for 1st round vs. #Celtics. Hopes to play in 2nd round. — Michael Cunningham (@ajchawks) April 25, 2012 #Hawks also planning to be without C Zaza Pachulia (foot) for start of series vs. #Celtics. — Michael Cunningham (@ajchawks) April 25, 2012 ESPN Boston, Chris Forsberg Celtics coach Doc Rivers acknowledged prior to...

Carmelo Anthony goes to bat for Mike Woodson’s return.

NEW YORK- As expected, Carmelo Anthony is lobbying for Mike Woodson to morph from being the Knicks interim head coach to the permanent one. Please click the link below to read the rest of this article and watch a video.

Clippers-Hawks Preview

The Atlanta Hawks and Los Angeles Clippers meet Tuesday night at Philips Arena, and they are in similar positions of closing in on home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs. Atlanta (38-26) holds a one-game lead over Atlantic Division champion Boston, which is guaranteed the No. 4 seed in the playoffs. The Hawks have clinched the fifth seed, and would have the home...

Mavericks-Hawks Preview

The Atlanta Hawks are looking to nail down home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs. The Dallas Mavericks know they will be opening their title defense on the road. The Hawks will ensure that they open the postseason at home by defeat the visiting Mavericks in Thursday night's regular-season finale. Atlanta (39-26) will be the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference...

Starting 5: Playoffs are set, Clips lose ground & Joe Johnson's answered prayer

Every morning, we'll give you five things from the night before in the NBA to start your day. 1:  Jazz in, Suns out The Utah Jazz sent Phoenix home last night, beating them 100-88 and securing the final spot in the playoffs.  They are now likely to face the San Antonio Spurs, whom they've lost three of four to this season.   But it doesn't matter much to Utah...

Jeff Teague’s play will determine Hawk’s playoff fate

The Atlanta Hawks are a much deeper team than they were going into the playoffs last season. With a starting lineup of Jeff Teague, Joe Johnson, Josh Smith, Marvin Williams and Al Horford the Hawks had one of the most talented starting lineups of all 16 teams that were in the postseason last year.Sadly they had no bench. The only player that made any major contributions for the Hawks...
NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.