Jeremy Lamb

Blake Griffin scores 43 as Clippers hold off Hornets, 124-121, in OT

Blake Griffin scores 43 as Clippers hold off Hornets, 124-121, in OT

Game 2 of Chris Paul’s return from an injured left thumb was infinitely more rewarding than his first game back, because of his tough defense against Kemba Walker in overtime and also because of the all-around brilliance of Blake Griffin.

Paul’s smothering defense on Walker in the final tense seconds of OT, with the Clippers clinging to a one-point lead, led to a turnover and eventually helped them escape with a 124-121 victory over the Charlotte Hornets on Sunday night at Staples Center.

“At the end of the day, it was a total team effort,” said Clippers assistant coach Mike Woodson, who spoke to the media after the game because head Coach Doc Rivers wasn’t feeling...

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