Clippers run away from the Hornets

Bradley Handwerger
The Hornets' Anthony Davis. Photo by

The Clippers have now won five straight against the Pelicans and seven of nine since Los Angeles received Chris Paul in a trade from New Orleans in December 2011.

All-Stars Blake Griffin and Chris Paul combined for 41 points Monday night as the Los Angeles Clippers won for the second time in two days, beating the New Orleans Pelicans 123-110 at the Smoothie King Center.

Griffin finished the game with 22 points while Paul, who was drafted by New Orleans, contributed 19 points and 13 assists in the winning effort.

But it was the Clippers' ability to convert from the outside that did the Pelicans in. Los Angeles (39-20) hit 14 3-pointers, including seven by Jamal Crawford, who led the way with 24 points.

New Orleans (23-33) led for much of the first six minutes. The Clippers' depth then took over. When they weren't scoring from the outside, they were connecting in the paint, where Los Angeles scored 42 points.

The Pelicans could only counter with Anthony Davis, their own All-Star, who put up 26 points, 11 rebounds and two blocked shot. Alexis Ajinca added 19 points and 12 rebounds but finished the game in foul trouble and couldn't pitch in in the end.

Los Angeles shot 51.8 percent from the floor, 57.1 from 3-point range and 80.8 from the free-throw line. The Clippers made 16 3-pointers on 28 attempts and improved to 25-0 when making nine or more 3s in a game.

The Pelicans were sticking within comeback distance throughout the second quarter and first moments of the third. But a 12-0 run by the Clippers all but put the game away against a young, thin New Orleans team. And it was almost all Griffin, who had nine points during the stretch.