Record-set­ting Korver leads Hawks to win over Clippers

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - SPORTS - By AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS in At­lanta

Kyle Korver was just ready to get out of the house and re­turn to what he does best — shoot three-point­ers.

Miss­ing four games with a rib in­jury caused Korver to de­lay his quest of ty­ing the NBA record for con­sec­u­tive games with a three.

“I’m glad it’s done,” he said. “It was a long pe­riod of time. I think the hap­pi­est per­son was prob­a­bly my wife. I was just not fun to be around the last five days at the house.”

Korver scored a sea­son-high 23 points and tied the NBA record for con­sec­u­tive games with a three- pointer in the At­lanta Hawks’ 107-97 vic­tory over the Los An­ge­les Clippers on Wed­nes­day night.

Paul Mill­sap fin­ished with 25 points and Al Hor­ford added 21 to help the Hawks snap a two-game los­ing streak.

Blake Grif­fin scored 24 points and Chris Paul had 19 points and 11 as­sists as the Clippers lost their sec­ond straight.

Korver tied Dana Bar­ros’ 18-year-old record by hit­ting a three- pointer in his 89th straight game. Bar­ros set the mark dur­ing stints with Philadel­phia and Bos­ton from Dec 23, 1994, to Jan 10, 1996.

Korver be­gan his streak last sea­son in At­lanta’s sec­ond game — a win at Ok­la­homa City. On Wed­nes­day, he made his first at­tempt in the first minute and fin­ished 6 for 9 be­yond the arc.

“The first play of the game, Korver got a 3, and that was in­dica­tive of our de­fense all night,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “We had chances to get back in the game.”

With 5:06 re­main­ing, Korver drew a foul from Paul as he hit a 3 from the right cor­ner and fin­ished the four-point play to make it 96-83.

A lit­tle more than a minute later, Hor­ford fed Korver on the left wing for a 3 that gave the Hawks a 99-88 lead.

“We are all just happy to see Kyle healthy,” At­lanta coach Mike Bu­den­holzer said. “He’s a heck of a shooter and he showed that tonight.”

For Korver, At­lanta’s next game — Fri­day at home against Cleve­land — will de­cide if he passes Bar­ros and takes the top spot in the NBA record book.

“It re­ally is a team streak,” Korver said. “I’m not out there cre­at­ing those shots. I don’t want to make a speech, but there are a lot of peo­ple to thank.”

Rivers pulled his top four starters and sixth man Ja­mal Craw­ford af­ter DeMarre Car­roll’s two free throws made it 103-88 with 2:54 re­main­ing.

Los An­ge­les was be­gin­ning a seven-game road trip and has bat­tled sev­eral in­juries early in the sea­son.

Wil­lie Green scored nine points while start­ing his sec­ond straight game in place of J.J. Redick, who could miss six to eight weeks with a bro­ken bone in his right hand and torn lig­a­ments in his right wrist.

Redick av­er­aged 15.8 points in 17 games, tied with Craw­ford for the team’s third-best av­er­age be­hind Grif­fin and Paul.

Paul, play­ing his sec­ond straight game with a strained right ham­string, com­bined with Craw­ford and start­ing for­ward Jared Dud­ley to go one for 12 on three-point at­tempts.

De­spite fin­ish­ing with his 16th dou­ble- dou­ble in 18 games this sea­son, Paul was dis­ap­pointed in his team’s de­fense.

“We have got to stop talk­ing about it and we have got to fig­ure out how were go­ing to stop teams,” Paul said. “I am sur­prised be­cause we know what to do. That’s the tough part about it. It’s not on the coaches, it’s on us in the locker room.”

JOHN BAZE­MORE / AP

Kyle Korver hits a three­p­ointer to tie the NBA record for con­sec­u­tive games with a three pointer against the LA Clippers on Wed­nes­day.

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