NBA Game Summary - New Orleans at LA Clippers
(Monday, March 15th)
Final Score: New Orleans 108, LA Clippers 100
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Marcus Thornton hit a pair of three- pointers during a big New Orleans run in the fourth quarter, and David West led all scorers with 24 points, as the Hornets pulled away late to beat the Los Angeles Clippers, 108-100, at Staples Center.
Darren Collison continued his solid play with 18 points and 14 assists for the Hornets, who have won 13 straight against the Clippers. Morris Peterson and Thornton each netted 17 to help New Orleans break its seven-game road losing streak.
Rasual Butler led six Clippers in double figures with 19 points. Both Drew Gooden and Baron Davis chipped in 18, while Davis racked up a game-high 17 assists for LA, which has dropped eight in a row.
As per the entire game, New Orleans and the Clippers each took multiple leads in the quarter. Thornton tied the game at 85 with just over eight minutes remaining to start a 19-4 New Orleans run, culminating in a West step-back jumper with four minutes left to give the Hornets the 102-89 edge with 4:02 left.
Included in that burst was 11 straight points, giving the Hornets a 98-87 lead. Thornton hit a pair of three-balls and Peterson added another in that short flurry.
"I'm happy for our players to get the win tonight," said Hornets coach Jeff Bower. "It was a tight game until the fourth quarter. The two 31-point quarters in the third and fourth quarters were big for us."
The Clippers trimmed the lead to eight on a Travis Outlaw triple to end the game.
"Our energy was good in the first half," said Clippers coach Kim Hughes. "I thought we gave them too many easy shots. I thought they played terrific (talking about New Orleans in the fourth quarter). They made their shots.
Both teams traded buckets until the Hornets took a seven-point lead at 22-15 with 3:57 to go in the opening quarter on a Peterson triple. New Orleans finished the frame up 26-23.
The Hornets held the edge for most of the second quarter, but the Clippers took the lead at 45-44 on a Davis slam with 1:27 left in the half. DeAndre Jordan then converted on a three-point play to give the Clippers the 50-46 halftime advantage.
New Orleans took the lead back in the third and maintained a 58-54 edge on a Collison triple with just over eight minutes to go. But the Clippers took the advantage back at 59-58 on a Butler three.
The lead went back-and-forth in the final minutes of the period, but a Davis running bank shot gave the Clippers the 78-77 edge after three.
New Orleans shot 56.5 percent for the game...Emeka Okafor scored 12 and grabbed 14 rebounds for the Hornets...The Clippers fell to 16-9 with a lead after three quarters...Collison has double-digit assists in six of his last eight games...Jordan added 11 points and 11 rebounds off the bench for the Clippers.
03/16 01:17:31 ET