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Hornets 105, Clippers 98

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LOS ANGELES -- Despite a hot shooting night by Los Angeles' Caron Butler, the New Orleans Hornets ended their losing streak at seven games with a 105-98 win over the Clippers on Monday night at Staples Center.

Butler hit nine 3-pointers and scored 33 points, but the Hornets shut down Blake Griffin -- even with shot-blocking rookie Anthony Davis sidelined due to an ankle injury.

New Orleans (4-9) had five players score in double figures, including Greivis Vasquez, who had 25 points on 8-of-13 shooting. Ryan Anderson and Jason Smith finished with 17 points for the Hornets, who shot 50.7 percent from the field.

Clippers point guard Chris Paul compiled 20 points, eight assists and four steals against his former team, but Griffin had one of his worst games as a professional. Griffin fouled out after making just one of nine shots, finishing with four points and six rebounds. Jamal Crawford, the NBA's leading scorer off the bench, managed just 10 points on 3-of-9 shooting.

The Clippers, who shot 46.8 percent from the field, lost their fourth straight game after winning six straight. Los Angeles (8-6) fell to a sub-.500 team for the third time this season.

New Orleans blew the game open with a late third-quarter run, extending a two-point lead to 11 in less than four minutes despite Butler's hot hand. Butler scored 18 points in the third, hitting six of eight 3-pointers.

The Hornets built a 51-44 lead at the half as they shot 57 percent from the field. Anderson led the way with 11 points, including three 3-pointers, and Al-Farouq Aminu and Vasquez each had nine for New Orleans.

Aminu had six first-half rebounds and Vasquez added seven assists but also had five turnovers for the Hornets, who led by as much as 11 in the first half. New Orleans used a 13-4 run to take control of the game midway through the second quarter.

Los Angeles, meanwhile, shot just 46 from the field as a team in the first half despite 7-of-14 3-point shooting.

Paul had 11 points in the first half, Caron Butler added 10 and Willie Green chipped in eight, but no other Clipper scored more than four in the first half.

NOTES: Davis, the No. 1 pick in the 2012 draft, is expected to miss at least a week with his injury. ... Hornets guard Eric Gordon remains out with a sore knee and could miss a few more weeks. ... Chauncey Billups (Achilles), Grant Hill (knee) and Trey Thompson (knee) remain out for the Clippers. ... Paul led Los Angeles to a 2-1 record against his former team last year.

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