Clippers defeat Hornets

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Clippers’ franchise record-tying 11th consecutive victory had owner Donald Sterling leading a “hip, hip hooray” chant in the locker room.

Sterling grabbed the hand of coach Vinny Del Negro and held it up, exhorting his team, “Let’s hear it for the coach.” Then he told Del Negro, “Vinny, give me a hug” and the two men embraced.

“Eleven in a row. Not bad, is it?” Sterling said.

Blake Griffin scored 18 points and Jamal Crawford added 17 in the Clippers’ 93-77 win over the New Orleans Hornets on Wednesday night that tied the franchise mark set by the 1974-75 Buffalo Braves.

“That’s pretty special, especially to do it at home,” said Chris Paul, who had 10 points and 12 assists, giving him 5,003 in his career.

“The food tastes better, the music sounds better, you sleep a little better,” Paul said. “Everything seems better when you’re winning.”

DeAndre Jordan added 12 points for the Clippers, whose 19-6 record is tied with New York for second-best in the NBA.

Robin Lopez scored 14 of his 22 points in the first quarter and rookie Anthony Davis added 16 for the Hornets. They lost their ninth in a row and 11th in 12 games while falling to 2-10 on the road. They were the last team to beat the Clippers on Nov. 26.

“We knew they were going to come out with a lot of energy. They made shots that they didn’t make the last time we played them, and they got a lot of easy buckets,” Davis said.

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