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    Washington Wizards (15-29, 11th in the Eastern Conference) vs. Atlanta Hawks (11-35, 15th in the Eastern Conference) Atlanta; Sunday, 6 p.m. EST BOTTOM LINE: A pair of the league's top scorers, Trae Young and Bradley Beal, meet when Atlanta and Washington hit the court. Young is third in the NBA averaging 29.1 points per game and Beal is sixth in the league averaging 27.8 points per game. The Hawks have gone 5-23 against Eastern Conference opponents. Atlanta is 2-16 when it has fewer turnovers than its opponents and averages 16.8 turnovers per game. The Wizards are 10-17 in Eastern Conference play. Washington allows the most points in the NBA, giving up 119.9 points and allowing opponents to shoot 48.8 percent. The teams square off for the second time this season. The Wizards won 111-101 in the last matchup on Jan. 10. Jordan McRae led Washington with 29 points, and Young led Atlanta with 19 points. TOP PERFORMERS: Young has averaged 29.1 points and 4.6 rebounds for the Hawks. John Collins is shooting 53.0 percent and averaging 19.5 points over the last 10 games for Atlanta. Beal leads the Wizards averaging 6.4 assists while scoring 27.8 points per game. Ish Smith has averaged 5.7 assists and scored 13.7 points over the last 10 games for Washington. LAST 10 GAMES: Hawks: 3-7, averaging 109.4 points, 44.8 rebounds, 22.1 assists, 7.5 steals and 6.6 blocks per game while shooting 43.4 percent from the field. Their opponents have averaged 118.7 points on 47.7 percent shooting. Wizards: 5-5, averaging 111.9 points, 43.7 rebounds, 24 assists, 7.6 steals and 4.8 blocks per game while shooting 48.1 percent from the field. Their opponents have averaged 116 points on 47.6 percent shooting. INJURIES: Hawks: Chandler Parsons: out (concussion/whiplash), Alex Len: day to day (hip), DeAndre' Bembry: day to day (hand), Jabari Parker: out (shoulder). Wizards: Garrison Mathews: out (ankle), Moritz Wagner: out (ankle), Rui Hachimura: out (groin), John Wall: out (left torn achilles). ___ The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.
  • It's all coming together for Oklahoma City. Danilo Gallinari scored 25 points and the Thunder beat the Atlanta Hawks 140-111 on Friday night for their fourth straight win. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 24 points and Dennis Schroder added 21 for the Thunder, who shot 58% from the field and posted a season-high point total. It was another positive step for one of the league's surprise teams. “Sometimes those kinds of underdog-type teams — there is not really one main guy, there's a lot of guys that really gel together,” Atlanta guard Trae Young said. “Their chemistry's great. They just play well off of each other, and that's what I think they have here.” Young, who was named an All-Star starter on Thursday, had 26 points and a season-high 16 assists. John Collins scored 28 points and Cam Reddish 20 for the Hawks. Young grew up in Norman, Oklahoma, and played a season of college ball at the University of Oklahoma, about a 30-minute drive south of Chesapeake Energy Arena. He grew up a Thunder fan, and he made a special effort to connect with their fans on Friday. “It feels good,” Young said. “I was that kid coming back when there was 90 minutes on the clock as soon as the doors open and try to get down there and watch players warm up. So for me, working out with 90 minutes on the clock and then being back home, I just wanted to sign as many autographs as I could.” He was greeted warmly by those fans during pregame introductions. “What's the coolest part, too, is to see the way the fans went crazy for him when they heard his name, as they should,” Thunder guard Chris Paul said. 'He's homegrown. Mr. Oklahoma, and he deserves it, and to be in the All Star game as a starter is unbelievable.' Young's shot was cold early. The league's No. 3 scorer went scoreless until he made a free throw with 5:33 left in the second quarter. His first field goal came with 4:11 left in the second. The Thunder led 66-58 at halftime. Young scored 11 points on 2-of-10 shooting before the break, and had eight assists. The Thunder extended their lead to 104-90 by the end of the third quarter, and the game was never close in the fourth. Oklahoma City's largest lead was 33 points. “We picked up our defense, especially in the fourth quarter,' Paul said. 'Our coach got on us at halftime about our defense and intensity and he was right. You know that team right there, even though their record isn't that great, they beat some really good teams because you let them hang around. They are NBA players just like us, so we picked up our defense, and I think that sparked our offense also.” TIP-INS Hawks: G/F DeAndre' Bembry underwent a non-surgical procedure on his right hand Friday to address nerve inflammation and was not with the team. The Hawks said they will reassess his status before Sunday's game against the Washington Wizards. He averages 5.8 points and 3.5 rebounds. ... Young missed Wednesday's game against the Los Angeles Clippers with a right thigh contusion. Thunder: Were without starters Steven Adams and Terrance Ferguson. Adams, a center, was out for the second straight game with a left ankle sprain. He is averaging 11.3 points and 9.7 rebounds. Ferguson sat for personal reasons for the third straight game. He missed the game before those with an illness. ... Reserve F Abdel Nader sat out with a left ankle sprain. ... Paul hit a 3-pointer at the first quarter buzzer to put Oklahoma City up 33-30. STAT LINES Young missed his first six shots before going 7 for 14 the rest of the game. He made 10 of 12 free throws. His 16 assists were one short of his career high set last season. “The only shots that I made were the crazy shots, and that's when you know it's just not your night,” he said. “I was able to get everybody involved though, which was good, but couldn't get the shots to fall tonight.” BALANCED OKC The Thunder had six players score in double figures. In addition to Gallinari, Gilgeous-Alexander and Schroder, Paul scored 18 points, Darius Bazley scored 11 and Nerlens Noel added 10. RESPECT The crowd also had warm greetings for Atlanta veteran Vince Carter when he checked into the game for the first time in the third quarter and when he checked out for good in the fourth. QUOTABLE Young, on drawing a foul from Paul on his famous rip move: “I told him that I got it from him,” Young said. “That's something I've watched CP do to everybody in this league, and it's something I've learned from CP. I just remember learning it from him from camps.” UP NEXT Hawks: Host Washington on Sunday. Thunder: At Minnesota on Saturday. ___ More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • A weekend for specialty shows in metro Atlanta is met with many resuming work projects for area expressways. Local commuters, weather permitting, should watch for road work along the I-285 Perimeter between Roswell Road (Exit 25) and Chamblee Dunwoody Road (Exit 30), and by I-75 (Exit 20) in the northern sector. Expect lane restrictions between Hollowell Parkway (Exit 12) and South Cobb Drive (Exit 15) in the western sector of the 285 Perimeter. I-75 in Cobb County will have road work in southbound lanes by Barrett Parkway (Exit 269), and I-75 in Henry County will have similar work between Bill Gardner Parkway (Exit 212) and SR-16 (Exit 205) in Butts County. Traffic should be expected approaching a pair of seasonal shows this weekend. One show at the Atlanta Expo Center is for the Atlanta Camping and RV Show, while the Cobb Galleria Center hosts the Great American Motorcycle Show Friday and Saturday! Expect traffic volume by State Farm Arena this weekend as “Oprah Winfrey’s 2020 Vision” will take the stage Saturday morning, with Atlanta Hawks Basketball Sunday evening, when the Hawks host the Washington Wizards in NBA play.  *All construction is as GDOT reports it and is weather-permitting. All times, lanes blocked, and locations could change.  >> Listen to 95.5 WSB for live traffic updates all weekend, or visit the traffic page on WSBRadio.com, and download the TRIPLE TEAM TRAFFIC ALERTS Mobile App for automated audio alerts. ROAD CONSTRUCTION ZONES:  Sandy Springs: Georgia/400 North from Glenridge Drive (Exit 3) to Abernathy Rd. (Exit 5) during overnight hours.  Sandy Springs/Dunwoody: I-285/East and West, between Roswell Road (Exit 25) and Ashford-Dunwoody Road (Exit 29). Expect lane restrictions.  Atlanta/Cobb Co.: I-285/South in two lanes between Hollowell Parkway (Exit 12) and South Cobb Drive (Exit 15) during overnight hours.  Cobb Co.: Road work in two lanes of I-75/sb by Barrett Parkway (Exit 269) during overnight hours.  Henry Co.: Road work in two lanes of I-75/sb between Bill Gardner Pkwy. (Exit 212) and SR-16 (Exit 205, Butts Co.) during daytime and evening hours.  Jackson Co.: Road work on I-85/North and South. approaching Hwy. 129 (Exit 137) during overnight hours. Expect at least one lane blocked, periodically.  WEEKEND EVENTS:  Atlanta: State Farm Arena- Weight Watchers Presents: “Oprah Winfrey’s 2020 Vision”. Sat . 1/25, 9:00 AM; NBA Basketball…Atlanta Hawks vs. Washington Wizards. Sun. 1/26, 6:00 PM.  Atlanta: Atlanta Symphony Hall: ASO Presents: “The Music of David Bowie”. Fri. 1/24, 8:00 PM; “Elizabeth Koch Tiscione Performs the Vaughn Williams Oboe Concerto”. Sat. 1/25, 8:00 PM; “America: 50th Anniversary Concert Series”. Sun. 1/26, 7:30 PM.  Atlanta: Mercedes-Benz Stadium- Honda’s 2020 “Battle of the Bands”. Sat. 1/25, 2:00-6:00 PM.  Atlanta: Fox Theater- “The Band’s Visit” Musical. Multiple shows through Sun. 1/26, daily.  Cobb Co.: Cobb Energy Centre- The Atlanta Opera Presents: “Salome”. Sat. 1/25, 8:00 PM.  Atlanta: Atlanta Expo Center- Atlanta Camping and RV Show. Fri.-Sun. 1/24-26. Shows are active between 11:00 AM-7:00 PM, daily.  Cobb Co.: Cobb Galleria Center- Great American Motorcycle Show. Sat.-Sun. 1/25-26, starting at 10:00 AM, daily.  Gwinnett Co.: Infinite Energy Forum- Georgia Bridal Show. Sun. 1/26, 12:00 Noon.  Dawson Co. (Dawsonville): Atlanta Track Club- “Java Jog 5K/10K”. Rock Creek Park, 445 Martin Road. Sat. 1/25, 8:30 AM.  Braselton: Atlanta Track Club- “Run Michelin Raceway”. Road Atlanta Race Course. Sat. 1/25, 9:00 AM
  • It’ll be an All-Star rematch: Team LeBron vs. Team Giannis. LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers and Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks will be the captains for the NBA All-Star Game, just as they were last season. They earned the captaincies by being the top overall votegetters from the Western and Eastern Conferences, respectively. The other starters for the Feb. 16 game in Chicago: Anthony Davis of the Los Angeles Lakers, Kawhi Leonard of the Los Angeles Clippers, Luka Doncic of the Dallas Mavericks, James Harden of the Houston Rockets, Pascal Siakam of the Toronto Raptors, Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers, Kemba Walker of the Boston Celtics and Trae Young of the Atlanta Hawks. “For me, it's always a blessing just being part of All-Star weekend,' James told TNT on Thursday night. James, as the leading overall vote-getter, will have the top pick when he and Antetokounmpo pick their teams; Antetokounmpo will pick first in the second round, when the reserves are chosen. James is a starter for the 16th time, an NBA record. Being a 16-time All-Star also puts him third on the all-time appearance list, behind 19-time selection Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and 18-time selection Kobe Bryant. James received 6,275,459 fan votes, edging Doncic for the West captain’s spot by 163,724 votes. James has been a captain all three years of this format being in place by the NBA; Team LeBron beat Team Giannis last year, and Team LeBron beat Team Stephen Curry in 2018. Antetokounmpo received 5,902,286 votes, easily the most in the race to be the captain from the East. Embiid got the second-most votes in the East, at 3.1 million and barely half of Antetokounmpo’s total. Fan voting, the NBA said, was up 7% from last year. Siakam, Young and Doncic are all first-time All-Stars. Siakam — the NBA's most improved player last season and a key part of Toronto's run to the NBA title — said the news Thursday made him think of his father, who died in 2014. “I think it would be kind of nice to be able to look him in the face and just tell him, like, ‘You did it. And we did it. And whatever you put your mind into and whatever you’ve worked so hard for is here and we do it at the highest level,’” Siakam told The Toronto Star. Having the 21-year-old Young and the 20-year-old Doncic starting gives the NBA two starters those ages or younger for only the second time. The other was in 1998, when a 19-year-old Bryant and a 21-year-old Kevin Garnett got starter nods. “It’s an indescribable feeling,” Young said in a statement released by the Hawks. “After watching and admiring all these guys in the league growing up, I am truly humbled to be in this position.' The reserves will be announced Jan. 31, with NBA head coaches doing the voting for those. James and Antetokounmpo will pick their teams on Feb. 6, first splitting up the eight remaining starters and then choosing from the pool of 14 reserves. James' coach will be his All-Star coach, too: Lakers coach Frank Vogel is headed to Chicago, after his team clinched the best record in the Western Conference by the Feb. 2 cutoff with a win in Brooklyn on Thursday night. The Lakers are 36-9, second-best in the NBA behind only Milwaukee. Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer is ineligible to coach the All-Star Game because he did the job last year. The coach of Team Giannis will be the coach of the team with the Eastern Conference’s best record — not including Milwaukee — through games played on Feb. 2. The starters were chosen through a formula that gave 50% of the weight to fan votes, 25% to player votes and 25% to voting done by a panel of 100 media members. For the most part, the fans got who they wanted. The three frontcourt selections from the East and West mirrored the fan voting, as did the West guards. The only exception was among East guards: Young was the fans’ top pick, while Brooklyn’s Kyrie Irving was second among fans and Walker was third. Walker, however, was the top East guard choice among media and NBA players. Irving was sixth in both of those tallies, enough to drop his total score below Walker. Young bucked some trends as far as getting his All-Star starting spot. He entered Thursday as the third-leading scorer in the NBA at 29.2 points per game, behind only Harden’s 36.6 and Antetokounmpo’s 30.0. But the Hawks are only 11-34 entering Thursday, and it is unusual for a player on a team at the bottom of the league or with a winning percentage under .250 to get an All-Star nod. The last time it happened was 2016, with good reason. The Lakers were 11-44 and Bryant was a starter (and the leading vote-getter) anyway, largely because that was his final season in the NBA. NBA players cast votes for 292 of their colleagues as potential starters. Media members voted for a total of 26 different players. ___ More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • An alliance of Atlanta’s big league sports teams is pushing for the legalization of sports betting in Georgia, and we could see the first legislation proposed as soon as next week. The Professional Sports Integrity Alliance is made up of the Atlanta Falcons, Atlanta United, the Atlanta Braves and the Atlanta Hawks. The group is lobbying lawmakers to legalize mobile sports betting. That’s wagering done on a phone, all cash, no credit. Atlanta Falcons President and CEO Rich McKay said the sports franchises wouldn’t make a dime off the legalized betting. Instead, all the tax revenue would go to the state of Georgia. He believes the individual franchises would profit from increased fan engagement, something he believes is important in modern sports. “With the younger fans, we need more engagement,”McKay said. “What we’ve seen from all the numbers is how much sports gambling there is going on from that age of 23 to 40, and this becomes an engagement opportunity for us.” McKay said teams would base the betting on the European Model, where bets are made over a phone or mobile device. Because it would not use credit cards, only cash in an account, he believes most bets would be made in the $10 to $20 range. He also said all the leagues and sports teams would take measures to ensure the integrity of the game. On its website, the Alliance states that Georgia is already home to $1.5 billion worth of illegal gambling. “They’re doing it now,” McKay said. “They’re doing it offshore, and they’re doing it illegally. So why wouldn’t we put some restrictions around it? Legalize it. Regulate it, and have the state make revenue off it.” There are some House lawmakers who have said they are open to the idea of approving a constitutional amendment allowing voters to decide on legalizing gambling. But over in the Senate, lawmakers have been cool to the idea. Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan said on the first day of the legislative session that it was not one of his top priorities. “I’ve not had a line of senators over the past nine months outside that office trying to take the door off the hinges to talk about gambling,” Duncan said. While the Alliance believes lawmakers could approve the measure without a constitutional amendment, most under the Gold Dome believe it needs one, and getting one approved requires a two-thirds majority in both houses.
  • Hawks and rats might be enemies in the wild, but one will celebrate the other Sunday at State Farm Arena. The Atlanta Hawks will recognize the Lunar New Year — the Year of the Rat — with a variety of events.  » More ways to celebrate the Lunar New Year in Atlanta If you’re at the game, look along the arena concourse for traditional dragon and lion dances. How can you tell the difference? The lion costume has just two dancers, but the dragon will have an odd number, usually nine or 11, but they can have more. In addition to the arena’s top-notch food and beverages, executive chef Joe Schafer has created a menu inspired by the Lunar New Year that will be featured in the venue’s premium, inclusive spaces and available on the restaurant portable outside Section 116 in the Hawk Walk Market. » Atlanta Hawks, State Farm Arena get top marks in NBA for food, beverages Once you have your food, enjoy the national anthem being sung by 8-year-old singer, model and actor Malea Emma Tjandrawidjaja. She gained national attention in 2018 when sang before a MLS match. » Watch: Girl gives rousing rendition of national anthem before MLS match During a break in the game dancers Tomo from the Cleveland Cavaliers and Kei from the Oklahoma City Thunder will join the ATL Hawks Dancers for a special routine, the team announced in a news release. Earlier this season, Tomo and Kei joined Chika, captain of the ATL Hawks Dancers, at the NBA Global Games in Japan. But wait … there’s more. During halftime, 20 dancers with the Chinese American Cultural Performing Group will present a choreographed water sleeve dance called “The Dance of Beauty.” Throughout the day, the Hawks will have surprise-and-delight giveaways, including traditional red gift envelopes and plush rats to commemorate the 2020 Chinese zodiac, in addition to commemorative Lunar New Year mini basketballs. Tickets remain and can be bought via Hawks.com/LunarNewYear. The Hawks take on the Washington Wizards on Sunday.  DETAILSWhat: Atlanta Hawks celebrate Lunar New YearTime: 4:45 p.m.: Door to arena open, with dragon and lion dances on the concourse6 p.m.: Game tips offDate: Sunday, Jan. 26Place: State Farm Arena, 1 State Farm Drive, Atlanta, GA 30303
  • Lou Williams thought he would be attending a number retiring ceremony at his alma mater South Gwinnett High School. In the end, the school figured a number retirement wasn’t enough to celebrate the former basketball player. South Gwinnett surprised Williams Thursday morning by renaming the gym “LouWillVille” after him. “I’m really at a loss for words. My entire basketball career started in this very gym. I always found peace in this gym,” Williams said to the crowd of students. “With my teammates and coaching staff and a community that embraced me and allowed me to be myself.” Channel 2 Action News spoke with Williams after the surprise dedication. “You don’t really envision that. I thought my number would be retired. Once that happened, that was kind of cool. But this was a tremendous accomplishment,' he said. Williams graduated from South Gwinnett High School in 2005 and nearly committed to University of Georgia before he decided to turn pro. During his four years on the boys basketball team, Williams was a four-time All-State selection and earned the “Mr. Basketball” award as a junior and senior. The Comets won the Class 5A state championship during his junior year. The guard had one message for the current student-athletes. “I challenge both the boys and girls basketball teams to take my name off the court and put yours on it,” Williams said. The entire Los Angeles Clippers team -- including reigning NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard -- attended the ceremony in support of their teammate. Williams and the Clippers were in town Wednesday night to play the Atlanta Hawks. The Hawks put together a rally to win the game. “They didn’t need to be here. It’s an early morning after a tough loss on our way to Miami. A lot of guys didn’t need to wake up and come. For everyone to get out of their bed, it meant a lot to me having my teammates here,” he said. The @LAClippers are in the building at South Gwinnett to honor Lou Williams this morning! pic.twitter.com/LCOHZENnGQ — South Gwinnett Football (@SouthGwinnettFB) January 23, 2020 Williams has built his career around being a reliable bench player on NBA rosters. The 33-year-old guard has been named the NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award in 2015, 2018 and 2019. Last season, Williams became the league’s all-time scorer off the bench, surpassing Dell Curry. Williams has played for Philadelphia 76ers, Atlanta Hawks, Toronto Raptors, Los Angeles Lakers, Houston Rockets and LA Clippers over the course of his career.
  • Atlanta Hawks (11-34, 15th in the Eastern Conference) vs. Oklahoma City Thunder (26-19, seventh in the Western Conference) Oklahoma City; Friday, 8 p.m. EST BOTTOM LINE: Oklahoma City is looking to build upon its three-game win streak with a victory over Atlanta. The Thunder have gone 14-9 in home games. Oklahoma City scores 109.9 points and has outscored opponents by 1.8 points per game. The Hawks are 5-18 in road games. Atlanta is 7-34 when giving up 100 or more points. The Thunder and Hawks meet Friday for the first time this season. TOP PERFORMERS: Chris Paul is averaging 17 points and 5.0 rebounds for the Thunder. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander has averaged 19.2 points and added 8.7 rebounds while shooting 52.9 percent over the last 10 games for Oklahoma City. John Collins is averaging 18.3 points, 9.9 rebounds and 1.3 assists for the Hawks. Kevin Huerter has averaged 14.7 points and 6.1 rebounds while shooting 41.7 percent over the last 10 games for Atlanta. LAST 10 GAMES: Thunder: 6-4, averaging 114.4 points, 43.5 rebounds, 22.8 assists, 7.3 steals and 4.5 blocks per game while shooting 48.3 percent from the field. Their opponents have averaged 111.6 points on 46.8 percent shooting. Hawks: 4-6, averaging 109.9 points, 45.1 rebounds, 21.9 assists, 7.7 steals and 6.3 blocks per game while shooting 44.0 percent from the field. Their opponents have averaged 115.8 points on 46.0 percent shooting. INJURIES: Thunder: Terrance Ferguson: unknown (personal), Andre Roberson: out (knee), Abdel Nader: day to day (ankle), Steven Adams: day to day (ankle). Hawks: Trae Young: day to day (thigh), Chandler Parsons: out (concussion/whiplash), DeAndre' Bembry: day to day (personal), Jabari Parker: out (shoulder). ___ The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.
  • With Trae Young cheering him on from the bench, two-way player Brandon Goodwin did a pretty good impression of the Atlanta Hawks' star. Goodwin scored 19 points — all in the fourth quarter — and the Hawks rallied from a 21-point deficit to stun the short-handed Los Angeles Clippers 102-95 on Wednesday night. John Collins scored 33 points and grabbed 16 rebounds, but it was Goodwin who took control in the final period. He made 6 of 11 shots, including all three attempts beyond the arc, and dished off to De'Andre Hunter in the corner for a 3-pointer that gave the Hawks a 99-93 lead with 1:43 remaining. “Obviously, when I first got in there, I wasn't doing much,” Goodwin said. “When that first 3 fell, I was kind of relieved. I started to hit my shots.” Young, the NBA's third-leading scorer at 29.2 points a game, didn't dress because of a right thigh contusion. Recently acquired Jeff Teague started in his place, but the Hawks turned to a guy who has spent a good portion of the season in the G League with the game on the line. “He controlled the offense and made big plays,' Collins said. “To give us the minutes he did was extremely valuable.” The Clippers seemingly seized control with a 20-0 run in the first quarter, despite missing starters Kawhi Leonard, Paul George and Patrick Beverly. Los Angeles went with a lineup that was averaging a cumulative 44.5 points a game. They had no trouble scoring in the first half against the Hawks' 28th-ranked defense, building a 60-41 at the break. But the Clippers were dismal offensively in the second half, hitting just 12 of 37 (32.4%) from the field, including 2 of 15 from 3-point range. ‘A rough start,' Collins said. “But they didn’t have a couple of their big guns. We knew we could play with them.” Clippers coach Doc Rivers felt his team squandered a chance to build an even bigger lead in the final minutes of the first half. Then, in the first five minutes of the third quarter, Los Angeles let the Hawks back in the game. “Once it became a 10-point game, you're like, ‘Oh boy, it’s going to be a tough night,' Rivers said. Montrezl Harrell led Los Angeles with 30 points, but his struggles at the foul line (6 of 13) gave the Hawks a chance to rally. Rivers didn't seem too concerned about the loss, which snapped a four-game winning streak. “A one-off-game,” he called it. Leonard skipped the back-to-back after a 36-point effort the previous night in a victory at Dallas. Beverly missed the game after going down out with a groin injury against the Mavericks. George missed his seventh straight game recovering from a strained left hamstring. With many fans still settling into their seats, the Clippers suddenly turned a 12-10 deficit into a 30-12 lead. The Hawks missed 15 straight shots during a nearly six-minute scoring drought, despite giving themselves plenty of second chances by grabbing five offensive rebounds. The Hawks rallied with a barrage of 3-pointers, hitting 10 of 23 over the final two quarters after going 1 of 12 in the first half. They were essentially a two-man team in the final period. Goodwin and Collins combined for 27 of the team's 33 points. TEAGUE STARTS Recently acquired Jeff Teague made his first start for the Hawks since May 8, 2016, when Atlanta lost at Cleveland to complete a four-game sweep in the second round of the playoffs. He returned to the Hawks last week in a trade with Minnesota, mainly to serve mainly as the backup point guard. With Young out, he moved into the starting lineup, rekindling memories of his starring role on the 2014-15 team that won 60 games and reached the Eastern Conference final. Teague managed just 3 points on 1 of 7 shooting, though he did lead the team with eight assists. TIP-INS Clippers: Lou Williams and Terance Mann started in the Clippers backcourt. Williams scored 18 points, but Mann contributed just two assists and a single point in 15 1/2 minutes of playing time. ... Landry Chamet committed a dismal foul on Goodwin in the closing minutes, slamming into the Atlanta player after he misfired on a 3-pointer. Goodwin made all three free throws to give the Hawks a 96-91 lead. Hawks: Bruno Fernando started at center, scoring six points and grabbing nine rebounds. ... Kevin Huerter (12 points) and Cam Reddish (10) were also in double figures for Atlanta. ... Improved to 6-16 at State Farm Arena, though still far off their pace from a season ago when they went 17-24 on their home court. UP NEXT Clippers: Travel to Miami to face the Heat on Friday night, the fourth stop on their six-game trip. Hawks: Hit the road for a game Friday night against the Oklahoma City Thunder. ___ Follow Paul Newberry on Twitter at www.twitter.com/pnewberry1963 His work can be found at https://apnews.com ___ More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • The Los Angeles Clippers were missing three starters for Wednesday night's game against the Atlanta Hawks. Kawhi Leonard wasn't playing because of left knee injury management, while Patrick Beverly was sidelined after leaving the previous night's victory at Dallas with a groin injury. Paul George was out for the seventh straight game with a left hamstring strain. The Hawks also were without their best player. Trae Young, averaging 29.2 points, was sidelined with a right thigh contusion. Lou Williams and Terance Mann started for the Clippers in place of Leonard and Beverly. Recently acquired Jeff Teague got the nod at point guard for the Hawks. ___ More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports

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  • A pilot was killed Saturday morning when a small plane crashed into the side of a north Florida home, according to the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office. The family inside the home managed to escape the home without injury, the Sheriff’s Office said. A picture a viewer sent to Action News Jax shows the moment when a plane crashed into the front yard of the Lake City home.In the picture, a man in an orange shirt can be seen running across the yard to try to help the pilot, but he had to retreat because the flames were too extensive. Neighbors watched as a ball of fire flared up in their neighbor’s yard. Kristy Amato said she hears many small planes and often worries about them. “I was sitting on my couch watching a movie with my daughter, and I heard a plane take off like all of the planes take off,' Amato told Action News Jax. “Then I heard a backfire, then a loud kaboom, so I ran out front and there was a plane in my neighbor’s yard on fire.” Columbia County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Sgt. Murray Smith told Action News Jax that after crews put the fire out, the pilot’s body was found underneath debris. “Shortly before 10, we received about 59 911 calls,” Smith told the television station. Smith said he believes the plane was a single-engine aircraft. The National Transportation Safety Board is now working to find out where the Piper PA-32 was going and the name of the pilot who died. Officials believe he was the only person on the plane. “There is an airport nearby, but so many neighbors have come over and gave so many stories, so we’re just going to wait for NTSB to get all of the facts straight,” said Smith. The Federal Aviation Administration and the NTSB are investigating what caused the plane to crash, but the investigation likely won’t be complete for months.
  • Three people — including two teens — are in custody and police are looking for a fourth after an armed robbery at a Sandy Springs jewelry store.  Antonio Collier, 40, Antwan DeKarlos Robinson, 17, and a 16-year-old juvenile were arrested after the incident, which happened about 4:20 p.m. Saturday at a business on Abernathy Road near Roswell Road, officials said.  Witnesses to the robbery and the store owner were able to subdue two of the suspects until police arrived, Channel 2 Action News reported.  Three men walked into the business and tried to steal items from the display case, Sandy Springs police spokesman Sgt. Sam Worsham said.  “They had hammers and were breaking everything and grabbed Rolexes,” a witness told Channel 2.  The owner, who was returning from lunch, saw the robbery in progress, the news station reported. He told Channel 2 he hit the robbers over the head and in the face with a bag full of glass pickle jars.  Two bystanders then tackled one of the suspects, Worsham said.  Two other suspects drove off in a car, he said. The incident turned into a police chase that ended in a crash on Glenridge Road.  One of the suspects was arrested at the scene, and the fourth suspect ran away into a wooded area, Worsham said.  Collier, Robinson, and the juvenile are all charged with armed robbery, possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony, felony criminal damage to property, possession of tools for the commission of a crime, obstruction and two counts of battery.  Read the full story from Channel 2 Action News here.
  • Tamra Judge is leaving “The Real Housewives of Orange County” after 12 seasons, the star of the Bravo series said in an Instagram post Saturday. “It’s been a wild 12 years. But it’s time for me to move on,” Judge wrote on Instagram. “I’m sad to go but I’m very excited about my future.” Judge is currently the longest-running full-time cast member in “Housewives” history, People reported. She joined the show during its third season in 2007, according to the magazine. Judge’s announcement comes a day after fellow co-star Vicki Gunvalson also announced she was leaving the reality television show, E! Online reported. Judge said she was looking forward to life after the series. “It’s been a wild ride, and after all these years, I’m looking forward to life away from the cameras,” Judge told People. “I was offered a chance to come back to the show in a limited role, but would prefer to walk away on my own terms.” Judge has been part of the show’s most memorable moments, including the show’s first wine toss, People reported. She also starred in a three-episode spinoff of the series, “Tamra’s OC Wedding,” which documented her June 2013 wedding to Eddie Judge. “I want to thank all the fans who have offered me their support over the years,” she told People. “It’s meant a lot.”
  • Margaret Mackie is not a household name in the music industry, but she’s getting there in a hurry. The 83-year-old dementia patient from Scotland has gone viral on YouTube with her heart-melting duet of “My Way” with her caregiver, Jamie Lee Morley. The pair recorded a single of the song, with proceeds going to Dementia UK and the Alzheimer’s Society. People with elderly parents will have a tough time avoiding the tissues after watching the sweet, sentimental ballad made famous by Frank Sinatra. But Mackie is not ready to face the final curtain just yet. She’s content to keep singing. Morley, a musician who works as a food server at the Northcare Suites Care Home in Edinburgh since it opened last fall, told The Washington Post he was walking past a lounge at the center when he heard a lovely voice singing Elvis Presley’s “Can’t Help Falling in Love.” Morley told the newspaper he thought someone had left the radio on, but then he saw Mackie singing the song in perfect pitch. “I was stunned,” Morley, 31, told the Post. “I’ve loved singing and music since I was a little lad, and I could just tell that Margaret did, too. Her voice is amazing.” Morley and Mackie sang “My Way” at the care home’s Christmas party in December, CBS News reported. A video of the duet was posted to YouTube and quickly went viral. “Every day in work we sing this song together and I do whatever I can to brighten her day and all the other residents,” Morley wrote on YouTube. 'For those close to me will know this was my Grandad’s funeral song who our family sadly lost to Alzheimer’s last year. I’ve never really sang this song, as it’s a classic, but I knew how much Margaret and her family would love it.” Mackie’s family attended the Christmas party and enjoyed the duet, CBS News reported. They are even more delighted with the response to the video. “It has brought her back to life. The dementia was taking a hold of her and she was getting sad with it, but this has given her a new lease of life,” Mackie’s daughter, Mairi Hunter, told the BBC. “It’s quite remarkable how she can remember the lyrics. It just seems to come back to her. “She wants everyone to be happy. People cry when they hear the song and she’ll say ‘No don’t cry, I want you to be happy.’” Meanwhile, the recording of “My Way” is No. 6 on the United Kingdom’s Amazon download chart and at one point reached No. 27 on iTunes’ Top 40 in the U.K., the Post reported. That’s ahead of Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande and Ed Sheeran, the newspaper reported. Morley filmed his excursion with Mackie to the recording studio and released the single and a music video to go with it Dec,. 28, CBS News reported. The music video has had nearly 200,000 views since its release. Mackie, a former whiskey distillery worker, rarely remembers one day from the next, the Post reported. She came to Northcare Suites in October from another care center, Jordan Simpson, manager of Northcare Suites, told the newspaper. While Mackie might be forgetful, she never forgets the lyrics to her favorite songs, Simpson said. “Singing is something that makes Margaret happy. She has a great singing voice,” Simpson told the Post. “And although she has dementia, she has a great memory for song lyrics. She and Jamie sing together most of the day.” Mackie said she wouldn’t mind recording another song, and joked about recording an entire album, the BBC reported. “It’s great seeing your face in all those newspapers,” Mackie told the BBC. “It’s nice to have a busy life like that, every now and then.” The single can be purchased on iTunes here.
  • A FedEx driver in upper Michigan went beyond the call of duty while delivering a package Thursday morning. The delivery man was dropping off a package for Jodi LaFreniere in Manistique around 11:42 a.m., WLUC reported. Instead of just leaving the package on the snowy stoop, the delivery man grabbed a shovel and cleared off the area, the television station reported. “Shout out to this guy! He shoveled my stoop while I was gone,” LaFreniere wrote on Facebook. LaFreniere, who is a kindergarten teacher, told WLUC she received an alert on her phone from her doorbell camera. When she checked the video, she saw the delivery man shoveling off her porch. “I was wondering who was at my house since my fiance was away in Alaska, teaching,” LaFreniere told CNN. LaFreniere hadn’t spoken to the delivery driver -- Melvin J. Marlett, who has worked for FedEx for 23 years -- but said her fiance, Rodney Riesland, has spoken with him since he is usually home when deliveries are made, CNN reported. “There are good people out there who do selfless acts,” LaFreniere told WLUC. LaFreniere decided to post the video to Facebook as a way of saying thanks. “FedEx is proud of the many contributions our team members make to the communities we serve every day,” FedEx spokeswoman Heather Wilson told CNN. “We commend our courier, Mel Marlett, who went above and beyond to help shovel snow for our customer while making a delivery.” Marlett told CNN he thought shoveling the snow was the right thing to do. “I would hope it’s something that anybody would have done,” Marlett told the cable network. “If you take care of your customers, they take care of you.”
  • Sophie Yazzie, the longest-living veteran in Arizona and a member of the Navajo Nation, died Saturday. She was 105. Yazzie died at her Tucson home, according to Facebook posts by Women Warriors and the Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services. Yazzie, who was born in Canyon de Chelly in 1914, enlisted in the Army when he was 28 and served during World War II, KPNX reported. She was a Women’s Army Corps Technician Grade 4 and was honorably discharged after the war, according to Navajo Times. Yazzie graduated from Wingate Boarding School in 1934, the website reported. She returned to her alma mater after the war and worked there until she retired at 70, KPNX reported. Wanda Wright, the director of the Arizona Department of Veterans Services, released a message of condolences, KNXV reported. “I am blessed to have met Sophie and hear about her service to our country. Last summer we were honored to be able to present Sophie with Governor Ducey’s Arizona Women Veteran’s Week proclamation,' Wright said. 'We send our deepest condolences to her family and friends, and will always remember her legacy.” Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey tweeted a tribute to Yazzie on Saturday afternoon. She had four children, five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.