The Hornets are without Greivis Vasquez for Friday night's game against the Los Angeles Clippers because of the starting point guard's sprained right ankle. Hornets coach Monty Williams says Vasquez wants to keep playing, but the team decided to rest him and start Brian Roberts in his place. The Clippers play at Memphis on Saturday. Paul scored eight of his 17 points in the final minute, when he also made a key defensive stop, and finished with 14 assists to help the Clippers erase a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit and beat the hapless Hornets 96-93 on Friday night. Chris Paul overcame a lackluster first three quarters and reminded New Orleans what it has missed most since he was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers a player who takes over when it matters. Vasqeuz was hurt during Tuesday's night's loss to the Lakers in Los Angeles, and was limited to 25 minutes during Wednesday night's loss at Sacramento.
Blake Griffin scored 20 points, Chris Paul made clutch plays on both ends of the floor in the final minute, and the Los Angeles Clippers overcame a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter for a 96-93 victory over the New Orleans Hornets on Friday night.