LA Clippers (14-7) at New Orleans (9-12) 8:00 pm EST
OKLAHOMA CITY (Ticker) -- After a pair of tough losses to the
league's elite teams, the Los Angeles Clippers will try to avoid
a third straight setback when they visit the New Orleans Hornets
One of the league's best stories, the surprising Clippers were
given a dose of reality with Tuesday's loss at San Antonio and
another to Detroit on Sunday.
In both games against defending conference champions, Los
Angeles forced only four turnovers, matching the NBA season low
for fewest forced.
Despite having three players record double-doubles, including
Elton Brand's 15th of the season, the Clippers dropped a 95-87
decision to the Spurs in overtime. Los Angeles held an 82-80
lead with 19 seconds left but never made another basket in
regulation or overtime.
Brand scored 24 points and had 12 rebounds, Sam Cassell had 20
and a season-high 10 boards and Chris Kaman finished with 14 and
The Hornets are coming off a win over Phoenix, the Clippers'
closest pursuers in the Pacific Division, on Monday. In a 91-87
triumph that finished a three-game road trip and snapped a
five-game slide, J.R. Smith scored 26 points and Desmond Mason
added 22. After a seven-game losing streak to the Hornets, the
Clippers have won six of the last 10 meetings.