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Griffin’s Flagrant Foul Helps Hawks Edge Clippers

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ATLANTA (AP) — Al Horford made two free throws with 0.6 seconds remaining following a flagrant foul by Blake Griffin, giving the Atlanta Hawks a 101-100 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday night.

Griffin sent Marvin Williams and then Horford to the floor with hard fouls in the final seconds. The last was the most costly, though Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro argued against the flagrant 1 ruling.

Jamal Crawford had 34 points, 16 in the third quarter. Atlanta’s two All-Stars had big games: Horford had 23 points and 12 rebounds, and Joe Johnson added 17 points, nine assists and nine rebounds.

Baron Davis had 22 points and 13 assists for Los Angeles. Griffin, the NBA’s first rookie All-Star selection since Yao Ming in 2003, had 19 points and 11 rebounds.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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