Los Angeles (24-31) at New Orleans (30-26)

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  • Game info: 8:00 pm EST Wed Feb 25, 2004
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Jamal Mashburn knows there is no excuse for blowing a 25-point lead.

After watching the New Orleans Hornets do exactly that, Mashburn will try to help them avoid a similar fate when they host the Los Angeles Clippers.

Baron Davis scored 34 points Monday, and Mashburn had 23, but the Hornets squandered a 25-point lead in a 104-100 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Mashburn said the Hornets simply got too comfortable in the second half.

“You might start thinking that everything is going to work,” he said. “That’s when good teams put the pedal to the floor. You should be sitting on the bench in the fourth quarter watching other guys play. But it didn’t happen like that tonight and we let one get away.”

Although the Hornets shot 46.9 percent from the field, they committed 17 turnovers while forcing just nine.

“I thought we hurt ourselves with some turnovers and it started in the second quarter,” Hornets coach Tim Floyd said. “And it continued. We were up seven late in the third and we turned it over three consecutive trips down the floor that led to easy baskets.”

The Hornets, who are in fourth place in the Eastern Conference, have lost two straight following a three-game winning streak.

The Clippers had won two straight before getting crushed by the Dallas Mavericks 116-91 on Tuesday. The 25-point margin of defeat matched their largest of the season.

“We didn’t have our A or B game tonight,” Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy said. “They’ve beaten us twice so we knew it would be a dog fight.”

Corey Maggette scored 21 points to lead the Clippers, who have lost six of their last eight. Elton Brand had just eight points—more than 12 below his average—and one rebound in 21 minutes.

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