The New Orleans Hornets controlled the Los Angeles Clippers for much of their 105-98 victory in the Staples Center. The Hornets led by double digits going into the fourth quarter and held off every Clipper rally.
The Hornets shot 50.7 percent from the field, hit 60 percent of their threes and nailed 18 of 23 free throws. The Clippers hit 46.8 percent of their shots, nailed 18 of 37 threes, but only went to the free throw line 11 times. The teams combined to hit an incredible 33 three pointers on the night.
The Hornets had a balanced scoring night, with Greivis Vasquez leading the way. Vasquez overcame eight turnovers to put in 25 points, dish out 10 assists and grab six rebounds. Ryan Anderson added 17 points and eight assists, Jason Smith put in 17 points off the bench and Austin Rivers added 14 points. Vasquez, Anderson and Rivers combined to hit 13 triples.
The Clippers were led by an impressive shooting effort by Caron Butler, who poured in 33 points on 24 shots while also grabbing six rebounds. Chris Paul added 20 points, eight assists and four steals, and Jamal Crawford and Willie Green each put in 10 points. But Blake Griffin struggled mightily, shooting 1-9 from the field and finishing with four points after fouling out.