Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 3)

Series starts 12/14

Game 1: Wednesday, December 14th
Game 2: Wednesday, March 1st
Game 3: Tuesday, March 21st

Clippers 89

(14-8, 5-6 away)

Hornets 102


    7:00 PM ET, December 14, 2005

    Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, OK

    1 2 3 4 T
    LAC 22 28 16 2389
    NO 28 31 23 20102

    Top Performers

    LAC: S. Cassell 26 Pts, 3 Reb, 6 Ast

    NO: D. West 20 Pts, 12 Reb, 2 Ast

    Clippers look to avoid first three-game slide this season

    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 on Wednesday.

    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 13.

    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.