Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series starts 12/21

Game 1: Tuesday, December 21st
Game 2: Saturday, January 22nd
Game 3: Saturday, April 16th
Game 4: Wednesday, April 20th

Clippers 85

(18-22, 5-12 away)

Hornets 88

(7-32, 5-12 home)

    Coverage: FSPI

    7:00 PM ET, January 22, 2005

    Smoothie King Center, New Orleans, LA

    1 2 3 4 T
    LAC 27 19 14 2585
    NO 27 16 20 2588

    Top Performers

    LAC: E. Brand 28 Pts, 11 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    NO: D. Dickau 27 Pts, 3 Reb, 8 Ast, 2 Stl

    Clippers lose fifth straight

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Dan Dickau was the only healthy point guard in uniform for the New Orleans Hornets -- and the only one they needed.

    Dickau capped a career-high 27-point outing with a pair of 3-pointers inside the last 18 seconds, leading New Orleans to an 88-85 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday night.

    "It's any player's dream -- you want to play as many minutes as you can," said Dickau, who logged 42 minutes, had eight assists and scored 17 in the fourth quarter. "I felt good coming down the stretch, I felt fresh. ... I just wanted to keep shooting when I was open."

    Dickau was fourth on Dallas' depth chart when the Hornets acquired him in exchange for Darrell Armstrong on Dec. 3. But he became one of only two point guards on New Orleans' roster Friday when Junior Harrington was cut to make room for three front court players acquired in another deal that sent Jim Jackson to Phoenix.

    Regular starting point guard Baron Davis, who bruised his right ankle a week ago in Toronto, missed his third straight full game against the Clippers, meaning Dickau, in less than two months, had gone from disposable in Dallas to indispensable for New Orleans (7-32), which has now won five games this month.

    "That's one of things in the NBA -- when you're not playing you can't get too discouraged or too frustrated. You keep working and you're going to get an opportunity eventually," said Dickau, who has averaged 12.8 points with New Orleans.

    Dickau tied the game with 39.7 seconds to go after drawing a foul on a drive and hitting his first free throw. He missed the second, but Hornets forward P.J. Brown ran down a long rebound, diving over the sideline to get the ball back to Dickau. The diminutive Dickau let some time run off the clock before burying a straightaway 3.

    The Clippers tied the game on Bobby Simmons' high, arching 3 with 10.3 to go. But Dickau came back with another straightaway 3 over Mikki Moore with 2.1 seconds remaining. Several Hornets -- and even Simmons -- laughed in seeming disbelief as the crowd roared.

    "He took it from about three feet beyond the 3. I feel like I played good defense," Moore said. "He just shot an unbelievable shot."

    Simmons got one more shot to tie it at the buzzer, but his off-balance shot from well behind the 3-point line missed the rim as the Clippers lost their fifth straight game.

    Lee Nailon scored 22 points -- his fifth straight game with 20 or more -- to help New Orleans win its fourth in a row at home. J.R. Smith scored 12 and Rodney Rogers 11, with both hitting crucial 3-pointers in the final five minutes. Chris Andersen had 10 rebounds for New Orleans.

    Elton Brand led Los Angeles with 28 points and 11 rebounds for his sixth double-double in a row. Simmons finished with 17, while Chris Kaman and Quinton Ross each scored 13. Rick Brunson had 12 assists.

    Darrick Martin's 3 capped a 10-0 run that gave the Clippers a 72-68 lead with about seven minutes remaining. Then Martin hit another jumper, and Los Angeles got the lead up to 75-70.

    But the Hornets stormed back with consecutive 3s from Smith and Dickau, followed by Dickau's driving floater to put the Hornets ahead 78-75. The lead then changed three more times before Dickau put the Hornets ahead for good.

    "We knew they would have a lot of fight in them ... but we didn't think we'd lose," Brand said.

    Brand scored 19 in the first half and his drive on Brown for a three-point play capped a 7-1 run that gave the Clippers a 44-42 lead late in the second quarter. After Simmons' 18-foot jumper made it 46-42, Smith made one of two free throws to cut it to 46-43 at the half.

    Game notes

    Corey Maggette, who has a sore left foot, sat out for the Clippers, who already were without Marko Jaric, Shaun Livingston, Chris Wilcox and Kerry Kittles. In addition to Davis, New Orleans also was without Jamaal Magloire, David West and Jamal Mashburn, who is out for the season. ... The Hornets three newest players -- Casey Jacobsen, Maceij Lampe and Jackson Vroman -- all were in uniform one day after being acquired in a trade from Phoenix. They came to New Orleans in exchange for Jackson, who refused to play for the Hornets since being traded from Houston on Dec. 27. Jacobsen was the only one to see action when he entered the game in the second quarter. He got his only point on a free throw.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 85 88
    FGM-FGA 34-69 (.493) 33-77 (.429)
    3PM-3PA 2-7 (.286) 6-19 (.316)
    FTM-FTA 15-22 (.682) 16-21 (.762)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 6-36 10-38
    Assists 26 19
    Turnovers 13 8
    Steals 5 2
    Blocks 5 4
    Fast Break Points 6 8
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 19 (1/0) 21 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 5 8

    Top Performers

    Los Angeles
    New Orleans
    Elton Brand Brand
    Points: 28
    Reb: 11
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 1
    Dan Dickau Dickau
    Points: 27
    Reb: 3
    Ast: 8
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0