LOS ANGELES -- Despite a hot shooting night for the Los Angeles Clippers' Caron Butler, the New Orleans Hornets ended their losing streak at seven games with a 105-98 win Monday night at Staples Center.
Butler hit nine 3-pointers and scored 33 points, but the Hornets shut down Blake Griffin, even though they were without Anthony Davis. The shot-blocking rookie was sidelined because of an ankle injury.
With Griffin neutralized, it became the Caron-and-Chris Paul show for the Clippers, but the Hornets offered a balanced approach.
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.
"It was terrible, it was horrible," Paul said of his team's defense. "It's almost embarrassing that teams feel like they can come down and score on us every night. We can't play like that. We're not going to win. Guys look into our eyes and feel like they can get by us."
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.
"I'm comfortable, I just missed shots," Griffin said. "It's on me. It's not part of the offense, it's not anybody's fault, it is my fault."
Added New Orleans coach Monty Williams: "I thought Ryan did a decent job of frustrating Blake, just bodying him. And let's be honest -- sometimes guys just miss shots. So I won't say it was all our defense, but our team concept was to load up on him, just make it hard."
The Clippers, who shot 46.8 percent from the field, dropped their fourth straight game after winning six straight. Los Angeles (8-6) lost 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 while shooting 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.
"For us, we have to play by committee," Williams said. "Any time we can get that many guys in double figures, it overcomes high-turnover games. When you're able to score with that many guys, it can cover a multitude of sins."
Vasquez finished with 10 assists but also had eight 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 percent from the field as a team in the first half despite 7-of-14 3-point shooting.
"It's obvious the Clippers are a playoff team, and we have such a young team that tonight was going to be a battle," Vasquez said. "Guys really stepped up, and we played great. That was a team win."
New Orleans' victory came on the last leg of a four-game road trip that saw the Hornets lose at Indiana, Phoenix and Denver.
"We had a tough, long trip, and to get the last win against probably the toughest team, it says a lot about us," Vasquez said. "Now we have to build from this win."
Paul had 11 points in the first half, Butler added 10 and Willie Green chipped in eight, but no other Clipper scored more than four in the first half.
"We didn't want Chris to get off," Vasquez said. "If Chris gets off, it's a totally different game. Chris can create, do so much. Caron had a great game, and he was putting them in a good situation, but we fought hard."
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. He could miss a few more weeks. ... Chauncey Billups (Achilles), Grant Hill (knee) and Trey Thompson (knee) remain sidelined for the Clippers. ... Paul led Los Angeles to a 2-1 record against his former team last season.