NBA Capsules: Clippers win, Clippers win
ATLANTA (AP) – Joe Johnson scored 21 points, Josh Smith added 20 with 14 rebounds and the Atlanta Hawks beat the Washington Wizards 116-96 on Thursday night to snap a three-game losing streak.
Al Horford finished with 15 points and 13 boards for the Hawks, who won their 11th straight over Washington. They have lost seven of nine overall.
Gilbert Arenas scored 21 and Nick Young added 20 for the Wizards, who have yet to beat a team with a winning record this season and still seek their first road victory.
Washington rookie John Wall, the NBA’s No. 1 overall draft pick, finished with 10 points, missing his first seven shots from the field and failing to score until his runner made it 69-50 midway through the third quarter. Clippers 100, Kings 82
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Eric Gordon scored 28 points and rookie Blake Griffin had 25 points and 15 rebounds for the Clippers, who took full advantage of their new one-two punch to beat the Kings.
Center Chris Kaman was sidelined for the eighth straight game because of a sprained left ankle and point guard Baron Davis was sidelined for the 12th time in 13 games because of a swollen left knee. But the Clippers, coming off a 99-95 victory over New Orleans on Monday that snapped a nine-game losing streak, posted consecutive wins for the first time since a three-game stretch last February.
Carl Landry scored 18 points for Sacramento, which has lost nine of their last 10 games after a 3-1 start.