Short-handed and seemingly running on fumes as the game wore on Tuesday night, the
But the Clippers stayed the course just long enough to pull out a 99-92 victory over the
And because the Clippers didn't give in, they are tied with the
"The lesson there for our guys — and I told them this after the game — with all the injuries we have and how thin we are, when your starters are on the floor and you have that lead, that's the time to put them away," Clippers Coach Doc Rivers said.
"And what they did, they allowed them to hang around and now you have to bring your bench. And your bench is thin because you have so many guys out. It's going to be hard to score. It just bought too many variables into the game. So I hope that's a lesson for us."
When the Hornets went down by four points in the fourth quarter, they began to intentionally foul
Jordan, who had 12 points and 14 rebounds, made three of six during a two-minute, 40-second stretch to help the Clippers maintain a four-point lead the Hornets were not able to overcome.
Blake Griffin, who played in his second game after missing 15 with a staph infection in his right elbow that required surgery, had 19 points and 11 rebounds.
J.J. Redick continued his hot streak, scoring 23 points on 10-for-17 shooting, making it the eighth consecutive game he has scored at least 15 points. Nate Robinson added 12 points.
The injuries to Matt Barnes (right hamstring), Jamal Crawford (bruised right calf) and
Now they have to take advantage of having the easiest regular-season schedule left out of the 10 Western Conference teams that are either maneuvering for playoff position or looking to secure a postseason spot.
Of their 14 remaining games, seven are against teams with records under .500. But there still are tough, meaningful games ahead.
The Clippers will face a Washington team trying to move up in the Eastern Conference standings; a New Orleans team locked in a race with Oklahoma City for the eighth and final playoff spot in the West; a 30-36 Boston team that is vying for one of the last playoff spots in the East; a