New Orleans 88, L.A. Clippers 85
NEW ORLEANS, Jan. 22 (Ticker) -- Dan Dickau
did it all. Dickau scored
17 of his career-high 27 points in the fourth quarter, including
two 3-pointers in the final 20 seconds, as the improving New
Orleans Hornets edged the slumping Los Angeles Clippers, 88-85.
The league-worst Hornets (7-32) won for the fifth time in eight
games as Dickau scored 12 of their last 14 points. He added
eight assists without a turnover and was responsible for all but
two of New Orleans' 25 points in the final period.
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Dickau, a 6-foot guard, swished the winner from 25 feet - beyond
the reach of 7-footer Mikki Moore
- and capped an
edge-of-your-seat finish that included five lead changes and
three ties in the final five minutes.
"My whole mind-set was to get (Moore) back on his heels, and
then I'll have enough to room to shoot the jump shot," Dickau
said. "Even if he gets a hand up, he's not going to be able to
contest it as well as he'd like."
Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy was disappointed Moore didn't
challenge the shot differently.
"(Moore) had his hands down at his side, and he was a little bit
off of him," Dunleavy said. "The only thing I would have
preferred was for him to have his hands up so he could've
contested the shot a little bit."
"I thought I played good defense," Moore said. "(Dickau) took
it from about three feet behind the line. He hit a great shot."
The Clippers took their last lead at 82-81 on Rick Brunson's
free throw with 53 seconds remaining. Dickau tied it when he
made the first of two free throws with 39 seconds left, then
offensive rebound set up Dickau's 3-pointer for an
85-82 advantage with 17 seconds remaining.
tied it at 85 with 10 seconds to play with a
rainbow 3-pointer from the left wing over the 6-10 Brown. After
Dickau's go-ahead shot, Darrick Martin
missed an off-balance
3-pointer as time expired.
Red-hot Lee Nailon
scored 22 points and rookie J.R. Smith
12 for New Orleans, which committed just eight turnovers.
Nailon is averaging 25.8 points in the last five games.
A third-year player on his sixth team, Dickau is averaging 12.2
points and 3.4 assists since being acquired from Dallas in
December. Starting for injured All-Star Baron Davis
in the last
three games, Dickau has averaged 20 points and 5.3 assists.
"I've shown some people that I can play in this league. All I
needed was a chance," Dickau said. "By no means am I completely
satisfied. I'm happy with the progress I'm making, but I want
to keep working and I want to keep improving."
had 28 points on 12-of-17 shooting and 11 rebounds
for the Clippers (18-22), who lost their fifth straight game.
Simmons had 17 points, eight rebounds and six assists.
"It's a tough trip," Brand said. "The good thing about this
trip is that it's over. We've got some games coming up at home
we think we can win. We've got guys getting healthy and coming
back, so we're looking forward to that."