NBA Game Summary - LA Clippers at New Orleans
(Wednesday, January 13th)
Final Score: New Orleans 108, LA Clippers 94
New Orleans, LA (Sports Network) - Emeka Okafor led all scorers with 21 points and grabbed seven rebounds, as the New Orleans Hornets claimed an easy, 108-94 win over the Los Angeles Clippers.
Peja Stojakovic poured in 20 points and Chris Paul turned in a solid game with 15 points and 15 assists for New Orleans, which regrouped after having its six-game winning streak snapped with a 96-92 loss at Philadelphia on Monday.
"It helped to get a game with a little bit of cushion in it, because we only had a two point lead at the half," Hornets head coach Jeff Bower said. "For the most part we got the types of shots we were looking for. We didn't knock them all down, but we stayed at it."
Baron Davis had a team-high 19 points and six assists, while Brian Skinner and Al Thornton contributed 14 and 12 points, respectively, for the Clippers, who were coming off a 104-102 setback at Memphis on Tuesday. Los Angeles has still won five of its last eight overall. Eric Gordon finished with 11 points and Marcus Camby ended with a game-best 20 rebounds to go along with six points.
"Tonight we just didn't have a good game," Clippers head coach Mike Dunleavy said. "We couldn't make outside shots and we were going for too many layups like we should have been. Making shots energizes players and we didn't get enough energy tonight."
New Orleans held a slim 28-25 lead after the opening 12 minutes, then got a jumper from Paul to go along with a Devin Brown dunk in the final minute of the second quarter to take a 50-48 advantage into the half.
The Hornets built a nine-point lead, 65-56, at the midway point of the third after Paul nailed a jumper and were up 78-70 after three quarters.
In the fourth, New Orleans quickly stretched its advantage to double-figures at 86-74 following Darius Songaila's make nearly three minutes in and LA wouldn't challenge the outcome the rest of the way.
Clippers center Chris Kaman (back) missed the contest. It was also announced on Wednesday that LA will be without rookie forward Blake Griffin (knee) for the entire season. Griffin, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2009 draft, has not played in the regular season because of a stress fracture of his left patella he suffered in the Clippers' last preseason game on October 23...Brown finished with 10 points.
01/13 23:29:20 ET