LOS ANGELES – A record shooting night from beyond the 3-point line and a return from a four-game road trip were not enough to beat the New Orleans Hornets on Monday night at Staples Center.

The Clippers made a franchise-record 18 3-pointers in 35 attempts, including a career-high and franchise-record nine from Caron Butler, but the Hornets nearly matched L.A.’s prowess from beyond the arc to win, 105-98, and extend the Clippers’ season-long losing streak to four games.

ATLANTA – It was surprising, if for no other reason, because the Clippers bench has been so dominant for much of the first month of the season.

They were on the floor together at the start of the second quarter Saturday against Hawks. The now-familiar five-man unit of Jamal Crawford, Lamar Odom, Matt Barnes, Eric Bledsoe and Ryan Hollins that helped blow past the defending-champion Miami Heat less than two weeks ago and overwhelmed the Chicago Bulls last weekend.