Final

Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series starts 11/9

Game 1: Monday, November 9th
Hornets112Final
Clippers84
Game 2: Tuesday, November 17th
Clippers102Final
Hornets110
Game 3: Wednesday, January 13th
Clippers94Final
Hornets108
Game 4: Monday, March 15th
Hornets108Final
Clippers100

Clippers 102

(4-8, 2-3 away)

Hornets 110

(4-8, 3-2 home)

    Coverage: COX

    8:00 PM ET, November 17, 2009

    Smoothie King Center, New Orleans, LA

    1 2 3 4 T
    LAC 22 31 22 27102
    NO 29 29 26 26110

    Top Performers

    Los Angeles: A. Thornton 30 Pts, 4 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl

    New Orleans: D. West 24 Pts, 10 Reb, 5 Ast, 1 Stl

    West's double-double helps Hornets hand Bower first career victory

    Associated Press

    NEW ORLEANS -- Jeff Bower calmly walked off the court and quickly into the tunnel, doing little to attract attention to himself after his first win as an NBA coach.

    Fast Facts

    • David West scored 24 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for his second double-double in his last three games.

    • New Orleans earned Jeff Bower his first career win.

    • This was the Hornets' 11th straight victory vs. the Clippers.

    • New Orleans moved to .500 (15-15) in the 30 games that Chris Paul has missed in his five seasons with the team.

    -- ESPN Stats & Information

    When he first took over for the fired Byron Scott on Thursday, he said the change was about a New Orleans Hornets team he believed could play better because he had assembled it as general manager.

    Yet, in the locker room after the Hornets' 110-102 win over the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday night, Bower's players wanted to make it about him, if only for the few moments it took to give him the game ball and a round of applause.

    "We've been through a lot here in the last couple of weeks and we're just showing him that we're trying as a team, as an organization, to turn everything around and that we appreciate everything that [he's] done," shooting guard Devin Brown said. "It's just Step 1. We've got a long way to go, but we're just telling him, 'Thank you.'"

    Bower had lost his first two games since taking on the dual role of GM and coach, and also lost Chris Paul to a left ankle injury that could keep the star point guard out for several weeks.

    Because of the timing of the coaching change, Bower did not hold his first full practice until Monday.

    "After everything that we put into it yesterday, it was great to come out and reward ourselves with a victory," Brown said. "I think guys felt a lot better after that practice. I think it showed tonight because we were able to move the ball around and we were knocking shots down."

    David West had 24 points and 10 rebounds. With Paul out, point guards Darren Collison and Bobby Brown scored 12 apiece and combined for 11 assists as New Orleans snapped a three-game losing streak. Devin Brown had 16 points.

    Paul still managed an assist of sorts, organizing the postgame gesture of giving the game ball to Bower.

    "It made me feel good," Bower said. "They gave great effort and it was a pretty good night for us."

    New Orleans led by as much as 14 in the first half and never trailed after the first quarter.

    "Any time you give a team like that a big lead, especially on the road, it's going to be tough to come back," said Clippers center Marcus Camby, who had 14 rebounds. "We dug ourselves in too deep of a hole to climb out of it. We weren't hitting shots that we normally make. I think that was pretty much the ballgame."

    Al Thornton scored 30 points and former Hornets guard Baron Davis had 23 for the Clippers, who have lost four of five. Chris Kaman finished with 17 points, Rasual Butler had 12 and Steve Novak 10.

    The Clippers also lost reserve guard Kareem Rush, who tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee when his leg buckled on a play in the first quarter.

    Peja Stojakovic scored 15 points for New Orleans, hitting six free throws in the final minute to seal the win. Rookie reserve Marcus Thornton added 12 points and Emeka Okafor grabbed 14 rebounds.

    The Hornets enjoyed their largest lead at 95-79 when Thornton hit a pair of 3-pointers early in the fourth quarter. Los Angeles called timeout after the second one, then began to chip away at the deficit.

    Al Thornton scored two quick baskets on strong inside moves, the second as he was fouled. He and Davis combined for back-to-back driving layups later to pull Los Angeles to 97-88.

    After West's free throws, Davis, who was 7 of 21 shooting, hit his first 3 in eight tries.

    The Hornets finally stalled the Clippers' momentum when West tipped in James Posey's driving dunk attempt as it rattled out with 2:15 to go. West then added a jumper to make it 103-91.

    New Orleans outrebounded the Clippers 51-36 and outscored Los Angeles at the foul line, 28-17.

    Game notes


    The Clippers have lost 11 straight to the Hornets in the regular season. ... In these teams' first meeting in Los Angeles eight nights earlier, the Hornets dominated in an 112-84 victory, during which Devin Brown tied a career high with 25 points. ... Reserve center Hilton Armstrong did not dress because of a right shoulder sprain that occurred in Monday's practice.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    LAC
    NO
    Points 102 110
    FGM-FGA 39-82 (.476) 37-81 (.457)
    3PM-3PA 7-20 (.350) 8-28 (.286)
    FTM-FTA 17-21 (.810) 28-33 (.848)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 11-36 19-51
    Assists 25 23
    Turnovers 18 17
    Steals 4 9
    Blocks 5 2
    Fast Break Points 20 11
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 27 (1/0) 24 (1/0)
    Largest Lead 2 16

    Top Performers

    Los Angeles
    New Orleans
    Al Thornton Thornton
    Points: 30
    Reb: 4
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0
    David West West
    Points: 24
    Reb: 10
    Ast: 5
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0