Here are five takeaways from the
1. A win is a win
There's not much to say about the Clippers win, in which they gave up a 22-point third-quarter lead to enter the fourth quarter only up by three, 77-74. The Hornets came to within a point of the Clippers multiple times in the fourth quarter, but they could never quite take the lead. Not too much of an accomplishment for the Clippers, though, considering the Hornets are in 10th place in the Eastern Conference with a record of 29-37.
"Right now it's just win the game by any means necessary," Clippers guard
2. Clippers jump up two places in Western Conference
The win bumped the Clippers from seventh in the Western Conference to fifth. The Clippers (43-25) only have 14 games remaining in the regular season, so each win -- or loss -- holds a lot of weight. The Clippers have an identical record to the
"This is when you want to start playing your best basketball," Paul said. "We don't have that much time left."
Clippers' superstar power forward Blake Griffin played in his second game after missing 15 games because of a staph infection in his right elbow that required surgery. He finished with 19 points on eight for 12 shooting, 11 rebounds, four assists and two turnovers. It was a much-improved performance from his first game back Sunday against the
"I thought he was better, by far, tonight," Clippers Coach
4. Clippers were short-handed
The Clippers didn't have much depth in Tuesday's win. They were missing Jamal Crawford (right calf contusion), Matt Barnes (right hamstring soreness) and
"We didn't get much out of the bench as far as scoring," Rivers said. "...We needed somebody else, and tonight was Nate's night."
5. Back-to-back coming up