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The last time the Los Angeles Clippers defeated the Hornets on the road, they weren't even located in New Orleans.
The suddenly surging Hornets would like to keep it that way.
After opening a four-game trip with another road defeat, the Clippers look to avoid a 10th straight road loss to the Hornets on Wednesday night.
Los Angeles (48-23) hasn't managed to beat the Hornets (25-46) on the road since Jan. 8, 2007, when they were temporarily playing in Oklahoma City following Hurricane Katrina. The Clippers have dropped 11 of 12 as the visitor in this series since their last win in New Orleans on April 20, 2005.
Los Angeles hasn't visited the Hornets since last March 22, when Chris Paul returned to New Orleans for the first time after spending his first six seasons as the Hornets' star point guard. He had 16 points and nine assists in a 97-90 loss.
Paul is averaging 22.0 points and 10.8 assists while helping the Clippers win three of four meetings since, but they've all been in Los Angeles. He had 10 points and 12 assists and was one of four starters that rested in the fourth quarter on Dec. 19, when the Clippers cruised to a 93-77 victory.
Duplicating that performance could be difficult considering Los Angeles has dropped three straight on the road, surrendering an average of 110.7 points and 51.7 percent shooting - 41.9 from beyond the arc.
Paul certainly did his part to try to end that slide Tuesday in Dallas, scoring 33 points on 12-of-15 shooting, but the Clippers fell 109-102 in overtime.
Production from Blake Griffin would surely help. The All-Star forward is averaging 10.7 points while shooting 31.3 percent over the past three games.
He's totaled 22 points while the Clippers have split two season meetings with the Hornets, including a career-low four points on 1 of 9 from the floor in a 105-98 defeat Nov. 26.
Unlike the Clippers, New Orleans enters this meeting with some momentum, winning three in a row for the first time since a season-high four-game run from Jan. 5-11.
While Los Angeles' defense has been virtually nonexistent during its road skid, the Hornets have stepped it up defensively during their winning streak, allowing an average of 85.0 points - 12.4 less than their season average.
The Hornets' latest performance may be their most impressive of the season, beating Denver 110-86 on Monday. They held the Nuggets to 37.9 percent from the field to end their franchise record-tying 15-game winning streak.
"We always talk about competing every single night, because you never know, to give yourself a chance," coach Monty Williams said. "I'm proud of the way we try to do things, and I'm also happy being a part of good stuff. That's who we are - we play hard, we defend - when the ball goes in, it's all the better."
Rookie Brian Roberts is looking to build on his stunning effort from Monday, when he had a career-high 18 assists with 13 points in just his second career start. He fell three assists shy of matching Paul's team record set in November 2007.
"I've had to grind and just fight to be on the team just to make an opportunity for myself," Roberts said. "It's something I know I don't take for granted."
Ryan Anderson had 23 points and nine rebounds against Denver, but averages 8.9 points in seven career games against the Clippers. He had seven on Dec. 19, while going 2 for 13 from the floor - missing all eight attempts from long range.
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The Los Angeles Clippers have a point guard with a serious sneaker fetish.
Chris Paul’s wife posted the picture below on on her Instagram account of a bedroom that they have dubbed ” The Museum.”
The haven is dedicated to Paul’s massive collection Air Jordans.
In her post she stated that what you see is not even the entire group.
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Los Angeles Lakers point guard Chris Paul owns so many shoes that he converted an entire bedroom into a "shoe museum".
Paul's wife Jada posted a photo of the room on her Instagram account. We don't have an exact count of how many pairs of sneakers there are, but to say CP3 owns a lot of them would be an understatement.
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Apparently, Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul really likes shoes. Well, Jordans to be exact.Jada Paul uploaded the above photo of her husband's shoe shrine via Instagram on Tuesday. It is certainly a sight to behold.According to his wife, who refers to this spectacle as "the museum," the six-time All-Star dedicates an entire bedroom of the couple's home to his...
Post game, Los Angeles Clippers star Chris Paul posed for a photo with friend, actor Columbus Short and his son rocking a fly $1495 Saint Laurent leather-sleeve varsity jacket. Every dude should have at least one varsity jacket in their repertoire, It gives you that cool collegiate look,(athletic or not) and if you got it like Chris , you can opt for a modernistic, high-end version...
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Jada Paul, Chris Paul’s wife, was on Instagram straight flexin’ recently, showing off her husband’s ridiculously massive sneaker collection, and it’s a sneakerhead’s dream. CP3′s wall to wall collection is so large, a customized walk-in closet was insufficient. Instead, Paul transformed an entire bedroom in the couple’s home into the ultimate...
Chris Paul’s wife provided this picture on her Instagram of just a portion of his shoe stock which is so huge that they needed an entire bedroom to make all those Jordans fit. I think Paul has more shoes right now than I’ve had in my entire life.
Chris Paul turned a bedroom of his house into a museum specifically for his shoes, and it is glorious.
A gutty 109-102 overtime victory over the Clippers late Tuesday night pulls Dallas to within one game of the eighth and final playoff seed in the Western Conference. 'It's a good time to be playing your best basketball of the season,' said Dirk, who scored 33 points to outduel Chris Paul and to help his Mavs do just that.
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