ATLANTA – It was surprising, if for no other reason, because the Clippers bench has been so dominant for much of the first month of the season.

They were on the floor together at the start of the second quarter Saturday against Hawks. The now-familiar five-man unit of Jamal Crawford, Lamar Odom, Matt Barnes, Eric Bledsoe and Ryan Hollins that helped blow past the defending-champion Miami Heat less than two weeks ago and overwhelmed the Chicago Bulls last weekend.

ATLANTA – About 10 minutes into Saturday’s matchup between the Clippers and Hawks at Philips Arena, it looked like the Clippers had recovered from their two-game swoon.

Blake Griffin, who raced out to arguably his most prolific first quarter of the season, had just connected on a one-handed pass from the mid-post to DeAndre Jordan in the lane. Jordan finished the play off with an up-and-under layup to give the Clippers a seven-point advantage and the scoring woes from the second half a night earlier appeared long gone.

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