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Clippers Play High-Flying Hawks Tonight

January 03, 1988|CHRIS BAKER

ATLANTA — The Clippers were making a lot of progress this season until two weeks ago. Now, they've lost five straight games.

Los Angeles (8-17) will try to end its longest losing streak of the season tonight against the Atlanta Hawks, who have won more games than any other team in the National Basketball Assn. except the Lakers.

The Hawks (20-7) have won 4 straight and 9 of their last 10 to overtake the Detroit Pistons for the Central Division lead. They have won 11 of 12 games at home.

Dominique Wilkins scored 53 points in a 125-115 win over the Clippers in Atlanta last season. Wilkins is the NBA's fifth-leading scorer with an average of 26.5 points per game.

Forward Cliff Levingston has replaced the injured Kevin Willis in the Hawks' starting lineup. Atlanta is 5-1 since Willis sprained his right knee Dec. 18. Antoine Carr is questionable for tonight's game with a minor knee injury.

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