Mar 22, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul (3) goes up for a basket beside New Orleans Hornets center Chris Kaman (35) during the second quarter at the New Orleans Arena. Mandatory Credit: Crystal Logiudice-US PRESSWIRE

Clippers Vs. Hornets: L.A. Loses On Road Again, 97-90, In New Orleans

The Clippers are now 7-12 in their last 19 games.

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Jason Smith Suspended Two Games for Flagrant Foul on Blake Griffin

New Orleans Hornets' Jason Smith has been suspended two games for his foul on Los Angeles' Blake Griffin on Thursday night. The foul was assessed as a flagrant 2 foul, which carries an automatic ejection, and came late in the game as Griffin was on a fast break. Smith bodychecked Griffin and knocked him to the floor hard, never making an attempt for the basketball. There was some jawing after the fact - with former Hornets' guard Chris Paul taking exception to the play.

Paul noted after the game, "It was a terrible foul. I don't know what Jason was thinking. He probably better be ready to sit out a game or two for that one. I'm just glad Blake controlled it."

Smith was immediately ejected, and offered an apology after the fact.

"I think it looked a lot worse than what it was, but that's still not a play that you ever want to do to another player like that," Smith said. "I apologize to Blake Griffin. I didn't want to hurt him at all. I just wanted to try and cut off his lane to the basket."

See the play for yourself:


Clippers Vs. Hornets: LA Lets Game Slip Away, Stung Late, Lose 97-90

The confetti may have dropped prematurely, but the home fans in New Orleans got to celebrate for just the fifth time all season as the Los Angeles Clippers fell to the New Orleans Hornets 97-90. The Clippers went 0-3 on this road trip, the first time all season the Clips have lost three straight. LA scored 35 points in the first quarter and led by as much as 13, but only scored 11 points in the fourth quarter to a team that only has 12 wins.

Chris Kaman, who was one of the players traded by the Clippers to get Chris Paul before the season began, went for 20 points and 10 rebounds tonight. He was bested by the Clippers' Blake Griffin who put down 21 and 11, but Griffin was let down by his teammates. The Clippers only shot 39% from the field, and allowed New Orleans to shoot 58%.

Chris Paul, in his first game back in New Orleans against his former team, had a fairly good night in his homecoming with 16 points and nine assists. The only other LA player in double digit scoring was DeAndre Jordan. The Hornets had five shooters in double digits.

Late in the game, the Hornets Jason Smith was tossed from the game from an extremely hard foul on Blake Griffin. Smith hip checked Griffin hard to the floor, and the foul resulted in a bit of a melee between the two teams. Griffin was fine, but Mo Williams didn't make it out of the game so lucky. He had to be helped into the locker room with an injured left big toe. The X-rays were negative.

The Clippers now get to come back to Staples Center, where hopefully they can get things back on track. How this game affects Vinny Del Negro's job security is another question.


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Clippers Vs. Hornets: TV Schedule, Tip Off Time, And More

The Los Angeles Clippers continue their road trip Thursday evening against the New Orleans Hornets at New Orleans Arena. The Clippers have lost eleven of their last eighteen games, and look to get back on track against a team they face for the first time this season. This means, of course, that this is Chris Paul's first game against his old team, in the arena he used to call home. Here are the relevant details of tonight's matchup:

Records: Clippers (26-20), Hornets (11-35)

Location: New Orleans Arena

Time: 5:00 p.m. PDT

TV: Prime Ticket, with a half hour Clippers Live preceding the game

Offensive Efficiency: Clippers, 107.6 points per 100 possessions (fifth in NBA); Rockets, 99.6 (twenty-ninth)

Defensive Efficiency: Rockets, 105.3 (18th); Clippers, 106.3 (23rd)

Home vs. Road: The Clippers have two unfortunate splits working against them tonight. They're 11-12 on the road this season, and 6-9 since the All-Star break. Fortunately for the Clippers, the Hornets are 4-20 at home this season and have only won three games since the All-Star break.

Previous Meetings: The Clippers face the Hornets for the first time this season, but will turn around and play them again on Monday.

For more news and information on Clippers basketball, be sure to read Clips Nation.


Clippers Vs. Thunder, NBA Scores: Kevin Durant's 32 Sink Clippers 114-91

The Clippers were in Oklahoma City Wednesday night to take on Kevin Durant and Co. at Chesapeake Energy Arena, looking to take out one of the NBA's best squads on the home turf. But OKC had other plans in mind, taking dows the Clip Show with ease by the score of 114-91.

Kevin Durant was simply Kevin Durant this evening, dropping 32 on 10-18 shooting including a perfect 11-11 from the stripe, along with nine rebounds, five assists, two steals, and a block this evening. Russell Westbrook and Serge Ibaka each added 19 and 15 respectfully while Derek Fisher had 5 in his Thunder debut.

As for the Clippers, Randy Foye led the way with his 23 points this evening, while Chris Paul had 13 and 10 assists. DeAndre Jordan and Nick Young each added 12, while Blake Griffin struggled for seven points on 3-11 shooting tonight.

Full box score can be found here.

For more on the Clippers, head over to Clips Nation. For the Thunder side of things, check out Welcome to Loud City.


Clippers Vs. Thunder Final Score: L.A. Loses Second Straight, 114-91

After a 13-point road loss to the Indiana Pacers, the Los Angeles Clippers continued their road trip on Wednesday night. They headed to Loud City to take on the best team in the Western Conference, the Oklahoma City Thunder. Unfortunately, the Clippers did not fare much better on Wednesday, as they struggled offensively and ended up taking their second straight loss by a final score of 114-91.

The Clippers hung tough for the first quarter, trailing only 33-30 heading into the second quarter, but quickly fell behind as they shot just 36.7 percent from the floor. Blake Griffin in particular had a bad night, going 3-for-11 with just seven points. Randy Foye was the bright spot for the Clippers with 23 points, while Chris Paul had a double-double with 13 points and 10 assists. Kevin Durant had a huge game for the Thunder, finishing with 32 points, nine rebounds and five assists.

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Clippers Vs. Pacers Final Score: Danny Granger Leads Indiana To 102-89 Win

Danny Granger had 25 points and eight rebounds to lead the Indiana Pacers to a 102-89 win over the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday night at Conseco Fieldhouse. The loss snapped a two-game win streak for the Clippers and was the first of three consecutive nights with road games for Los Angeles, who is 7-10 in their last 17 games.

Blake Griffin led the Clippers with 23 points and 10 rebounds, and Nick Young scored 13 points and grabbed five rebounds in his first start as a Clipper. As a team, the Clippers made just six of 22 shots from three-point range (27.3%) and only nine of their 20 free throws (45%).

Chris Paul had 16 points and had eight assists in defeat.

Tyler Hansbrough scored 17 points off the bench for Indiana, who had three reserves score in double figures. The Pacers' bench outscored the Clippers reserves 50-23..

The Clippers continue their road trip Wednesday night in Oklahoma City to face the Thunder, owners of the best record (34-11) in the Western Conference.

For more news and information on Clippers basketball, be sure to read Clips Nation.


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