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L.A. Clippers Vs. Atlanta Hawks: Ike Diogu -- Not Blake Griffin -- Leads Clippers To 50-47 Lead At Half

The Los Angeles Clippers like Ike.  Reserve Ike Diogu went off on the Atlanta Hawks in the second quarter, posting 12 points to lead the Clippers to a 50-47 lead at halftime.

Diogu provided the spark that Los Angeles needed while Blake Griffin was on the bench, connecting on all four field goal tries and connecting on 4-of-6 from the free throw line to keep the Clippers in the game.

This game has been one of contrasts.  The Clippers have attacked the paint and have generally been very successful, while the Hawks haven't had too much of an inside game.  However, Atlanta has had a ton of looks around the perimeter.  

While some of the mid-range jumpers are falling for Atlanta, the long-distance ones aren't.  Atlanta is just 2-for-11 from behind the 3-point arc.

The Clippers have also struggled from behind the 3-point line, making just 2-of-7 shots.  But the last one Los Angeles hit was a big one -- Baron Davis drained a trey to give the Clippers the lead at the break.

Joe Johnson continues to sizzle for Atlanta, posting 13 points, seven boards and five assists for the home team.

Atlanta has held Griffin at bay for most of this one.  He had just one point in the second frame and has nine points in the game.

In order for Atlanta to win this one, they are going to have to keep Griffin in check while figuring out a way to score. If the jumpers aren't falling, the Hawks are going to have to figure out a way to go inside.  Look for a fun second half in what looks to be a competitive basketball game.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.