NBA Game Summary - New Orleans at LA Clippers
(Tuesday, December 21st)
Final Score: LA Clippers 100, New Orleans 91 (OT)
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Rick Brunson recorded 11 of his 18 points in overtime as the Los Angeles Clippers stopped a five-game losing streak with a 100-91 victory over the dismal New Orleans Hornets at the Staples Center.
Bobby Simmons matched a career-high with 30 points and Elton Brand compiled 23 points and 13 rebounds for the Clippers, who played without leading scorer Corey Maggette and starting point guard Marko Jaric. Maggette sat out with an injured groin and Jaric was suffering from a strained right foot.
Brunson added 10 assists to help Los Angeles rebound from blowing a 21-point third-quarter lead.
"(Brunson) really stepped up," Brand stated. "We felt comfortable with him starting and you can see why."
David Wesley registered 22 points for the Hornets, including 16 in the third- quarter to spark the improbable rally. Lee Nailon finished with 21 points and Chris Andersen pulled down a career-best 18 rebounds for New Orleans, which has lost three in a row and 14 of its last 15.
P.J. Brown racked up 14 points and 12 rebounds and sent the game into extra minutes with a basket with four seconds left in regulation.
New Orleans trailed the entire contest until Wesley ended a 9-0 run by sinking two free throws with 1:15 remaining in the fourth quarter for a 77-76 edge. Simmons then buried a baseline three-pointer on the ensuing possession to put Los Angeles up by two, but Andersen was fouled after pulling down an offensive rebound with 34 seconds left. He made both bonus attempts to knot the score at 79-79.
Brand banked home a short jumper with 13.5 seconds to play to give the Clippers the lead back, but Brown forced overtime by swishing a 20-footer with four seconds showing on the clock.
Brunson began overtime with a three-pointer and followed with a jumper to extend the Clippers' edge to five. After the teams traded baskets, Brunson nailed back-to-back shots from beyond the arc to put Los Angeles in front 94-83 with 1:18 left.
"We'll go back and see why we lost the 21-point lead, but now we're happy with the win," said Brand.
Down 64-45 with under 3 1/2 minutes to go in the third quarter, Wesley almost single handedly brought New Orleans back into it. The sharpshooting guard poured in 10 points in a two-minute span to spark a 12-0 surge which brought the Hornets to within 64-57 at the 1:15 mark of the period. Dan Dickau's three-pointer at the buzzer made it a 65-52 game heading into the final regulation frame.
The Clippers took advantage of some woeful New Orleans shooting in the first quarter to build a 15-point lead at the conclusion of the opening 12 minutes. Brunson netted five points during an 11-0 LA run which put the hosts ahead 19-7 with 1:43 left in the period and Chalmers closed out the stanza with a three-pointer that staked Los Angeles to a comfortable 24-9 advantage.
The Hornets made just 4-of-20 shots from the field during the first quarter.
Los Angeles opened up a 19-point cushion when two Simmons free throws with 1:10 remaining in the half made the score 48-29. The Clippers went into the locker room with a 50-33 lead.
New Orleans activated star guard Baron Davis prior to the game but did he did not dress. Davis had been sidelined since November 17 with an inflamed disk in his lower back...The Clippers placed guard Kerry Kittles on the injured list Tuesday with a back injury, his second stint on the IL this season. Kittles has played in just five games due to knee and back problems...Simmons also had 30 points in the season-opener against Seattle on November 3...Andersen's previous career-best for rebounds was 14, set on January 7 of last season against the Lakers while with Denver...Los Angeles improved to 2-4 in overtime games while the Hornets are 0-4 in extra-minute affairs.
12/22 01:40:18 ET