Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 3)

Series starts 11/24

Game 1: Monday, November 24th
Game 2: Friday, January 9th
Game 3: Wednesday, April 1st

Hornets 99

(8-5, 4-2 away)

Clippers 87

(2-12, 1-8 home)

    Coverage: FSNW

    10:30 PM ET, November 24, 2008

    STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, CA

    1 2 3 4 T
    NO 25 24 27 2399
    LAC 24 22 19 2287

    Top Performers

    NO: C. Paul 14 Pts, 10 Reb, 17 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    LAC: E. Gordon 25 Pts, 1 Reb, 3 Ast, 4 Stl, 1 Blk

    Hornets-Clippers Preview


    The slumping Los Angeles Clippers are trying to find an identity, while the face of the New Orleans Hornets continues to produce.

    The Clippers hope Zach Randolph can provide a spark in his debut on Monday night in Los Angeles, something Chris Paul has been doing all season for the Hornets.

    Off to a slow start and already in last place in the Pacific Division, the Clippers (2-11) acquired Randolph and Mardy Collins on Friday from the New York Knicks in exchange for Cuttino Mobley and Tim Thomas. The pair were inactive Saturday in Los Angeles' 112-95 loss to New Jersey, but the arrival of Randolph -- third in the NBA at 12.5 rebounds per game -- should give the Clippers a much-needed boost on the boards, where they have been outrebounded by 5.2 per game.

    "It's going to help having Zach and Mardy but tonight we couldn't have them," said Chris Kaman, who had 14 points and five rebounds. "That isn't the reason for the loss. We can beat this team with the team we had on the floor. We just didn't play it the right way."

    Marcus Camby, who notched his second double-double of the season with a season-high 18 points with 13 rebounds, averaged 8.3 points and 13.7 rebounds in three games against New Orleans in 2007-08 while playing with Denver.

    Baron Davis will try to follow up his 30-point, 10-assist game against New Jersey with another big outing against the Hornets. Davis is averaging 24.5 points and 8.5 assists in his last six games versus New Orleans.

    The Hornets (7-5) begin a three-game road trip buoyed by another stellar effort from Paul, who posted his first triple-double of the season and fifth of his career with 29 points, 16 assists and 10 rebounds as New Orleans completed a home-and-home sweep of the Oklahoma City Thunder with 109-97 win on Saturday.

    Paul also extended his steals streak to 96 games with three steals.

    "It was his best game of the year," Hornets coach Byron Scott said of Paul, who leads the NBA in assists (11.8) and steals (3.1).

    Since a 105-96 loss to Sacramento on Wednesday, Paul has averaged 23.0 points, 11.0 assists, 8.0 rebounds and 3.0 steals.

    While Paul has averaged just 13.3 points in his last six games versus the Clippers -- 5.1 below his career average of 18.4 points -- he has averaged 11.5 assists in helping the Hornets win all six of those games.

    David West, who has shot better than 50 percent in nine of 14 career games against the Clippers while averaging 16.7 points, had a season-high 33 on Saturday, making 13-of-20 from the field.

    New Orleans, which is shooting 46.5 percent from the field -- fifth in the NBA -- made a season-best 54.1 percent on Saturday and has hit 51.7 percent of its shots the past three games. That accuracy could continue against the Clippers, who have allowed three opponents to shoot better than 50 percent during their current 1-5 stretch.