Playoff-hungry Hornets top Clippers in OT
Oklahoma City, OK (Sports Network) – David West scored 33 points, as the
Hornets remained perfect in overtime this season by picking up a big 103-100
win over the Los Angeles Clippers.
Devin Brown contributed 25 points and nine rebounds for New Orleans/Oklahoma
City, which moved to 7-0 in overtime contests this season, but more
importantly climbed within a game of Golden State for the final playoff spot
in the Western Conference.
West shot 12-of-23 from the field and had seven points in OT for the Hornets,
who won for the fifth time in six games, with their latest one coming after
narrowly blowing a big lead in the overtime.
Elton Brand had 37 points and 10 boards for the Clippers, who fell a half-game
behind the Warriors. Corey Maggette ended with 24 points for Los Angeles,
which has dropped three in a row following a three-game win streak.
Bobby Jackson started the OT with a three-pointer and Brown’s two free throws
extended the margin to 94-89. The Clippers scored the next four points, but
the Hornets pulled away, extending to a 100-93 cushion on West’s follow shot
with just over a minute left. It was the last of three straight buckets by
Two free throws from Jackson had the score at 102-95 with 33.7 seconds left
before LA rallied and closed within 102-100. Maggette nailed a three, Chris
Paul missed two at the charity stripe and Jason Hart hit a driving layup with
three seconds left.
West made 1-of-2 at the line with 2.4 seconds go to, but Brown stole the long
inbounds pass and ran out the clock.
Paul ended with 17 points, seven rebounds and 10 assists, while Jackson scored
Chris Kaman had 13 points and 10 boards for the Clippers.
The Hornets led 26-25 after the opening quarter before the Clippers surged to
a 52-41 lead at the half. The Hornets controlled the third, holding a 70-66
edge going into the fourth.
Brown stole the ball and jammed for an 87-83 Hornets lead with 1:22 left in
the fourth. Maggette ran into shaken-up referee Jess Kersey on the play.
Brand then hit a jumper with 64 seconds left, and the Hornets were whistled
for a shot-clock violation, even though it appeared Paul’s jumper nicked the
front of the rim.
Brand then missed a jumper and Paul got the long rebound and was fouled. The
Hornets lost the ball on the ensuing inbounds play.
After a timeout, West went to poke the ball from behind Brand, but the
Clippers forward bolted to the bucket and jammed with 9.5 seconds left to tie
Hart fouled Paul on the inbounds pass, and the Hornet guard sank both free
throws with nine seconds remaining, but Brand sent the game into OT with a
jumper with one second left. West failed to get a shot off before the buzzer.
The Clippers held a 50-42 advantage on the glass…The teams will close the
season in Los Angeles on April 18.