L.A. Clippers 100, New Orleans 91 (OT)
LOS ANGELES, Dec. 21 (Ticker) --
In a matchup of two depleted clubs, the
Los Angeles Clippers needed a boost to survive at home. Rick Brunson
was happy to provide that boost.
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After losing a big second-half lead, the Clippers got 11 points
from Brunson in overtime and 30 overall from Bobby Simmons
snap a five-game losing streak with a 100-91 victory over the
New Orleans Hornets.
"The overtime was big for me because I thought I'd cost us the
win with that turnover at the end of the game," said Brunson,
who threw the ball away on Los Angeles' last possession in
"I thought I did a terrible job of getting us into good
offensive sets towards the end of the game. It meant a lot to
Playing without leading scorer Corey Maggette
and point guard Marko Jaric
(sprained foot), the Clippers lost
fill-in starter Quinton Ross
to a hip pointer early and could
not shake the equally thin Hornets, despite taking a 24-9 lead
after one quarter.
Los Angeles lost a 21-point second-half lead and were forced to
play overtime when New Orleans forward P.J. Brown hit three
jumpers in the final 2:23 of regulation, including a 19-footer
with four seconds left to tie the game at 81-81.
Brunson set the tone just 43 seconds into the extra session with
a long 3-pointer to give the Clippers the lead for good. After
and Simmons both had a basket to stretch Los
Angeles' lead to 88-83, Brunson put away the game with
back-to-back 3-pointers and a pair of free throws in the next
"Brunson really stepped up," Brand said. "We knew he could.
That's why our coach went with him to start."
Brunson notched season highs with 18 points and 10 assists in
his first start with the Clippers. Brand added 23 and 13
rebounds as Los Angeles earned its first win since December 6
vs. Charlotte, a 99-93 triumph.
, a rookie who had not played more than 13
minutes this season, played 44 on Tuesday, setting highs with
eight points and six assists.
"We're just happy with win," Brand added. "We'll get to the
films and see what happened. We shouldn't be up 21 and get into
overtime. We didn't execute defensively or offensively. That's
what happened. We let (Hornets guard David Wesley) get hot on
us and it hurt us. We didn't have the same effort and intensity
that we've had in a close ball game."
Despite taking the large lead early, Los Angeles was unable to
shake New Orleans, which had five of its own players on the
injured list and was without guard Junior Harrington
second half because of a right knee bruise.
"We have kind of gotten over the series of injuries we've had
because it's been going on so long," Hornets forward P.J. Brown
said. "The guys that are here know we just have to play much
harder than we played tonight."
Wesley scored 10 straight points for the Hornets and 12 total
during a 19-3 run to close the third quarter. Dan Dickau
3-pointer with 1.3 seconds left capped the surge and cut the
deficit to 65-62.
"I just got into a rhythm at the right time," Wesley said. "I
had good opportunities from running the floor. I was really
being aggressive taking some shots that normally I wouldn't take
in this offense. At that point we were just being aggressive
and trying to find out how to get back in this game."
Wesley scored 22 points, Lee Nailon
added 21 and Chris Andersen
had a career-high 18 rebounds in his first start for New
"We haven't had a whole lot of success in overtime games,"
Wesley said. "It was disappointing to come back that far and not