Hornets upset Clippers 105-98

Dan Arritt
The Hornets' Greivis Vasquez. Photo by NewOrleansHornets.com

The Hornets spoiled a record-breaking shooting night for Caron Butler and the Clippers, giving L.A. a taste of its own three-point medicine in the 105-98 victory last night at Staples Center. The win ended a seven-game losing streak for New Orleans and extended L.A.'s string of losses to four straight.

The 33 combined three-pointers by the Hornets and Clippers is the second-most in NBA history and the most for a regulation game. The Clippers made a franchise-record 18 baskets from beyond the arc on 37 attempts (48.6 percent).

Butler, in his 11th season, established a career-best and franchise mark by making nine threes on 15 tries. Unfortunately for the Clippers, the Hornets were even more efficient from three-point distance, going 15-for-25 (60 percent). Greivis Vasquez (5-for-8), Ryan Anderson (5-for-9) and Austin Rivers (3-for-4) were the main sharpshooters for New Orleans.

After trailing for much of the game, the Clippers soared back behind the hot shooting of Butler, who sank his eighth three-pointer to tie the score 68-68 with 4:01 remaining in the third quarter. His bucket also tied the previous franchise record for threes in a game (16).

The Clippers seemed to relax just enough for the Hornets to close out the quarter on a 13-2 run and then score the first basket of the fourth to move ahead 83-70.

The Clippers managed to trim the deficit to six and had the ball with just over a minute remaining but missed four threes on one possession and another on the next. New Orleans was able to slam the door with four free throws in the final 15 seconds.

For the Clippers this week, they will be playing: Wednesday vs. Minnesota, Saturday vs. Sacramento and Monday at Utah. For the Hornets this week, they will be playing: Wednesday vs Utah, Saturday vs. Oklahoma City and Monday vs. Milwaukee.