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               === Clippers resume road trip against Hornets ===
 
 (Sports  Network) - The  Los Angeles Clippers will try to get past an overtime
 loss on Tuesday night when they continue their road trip Wednesday against the
 New Orleans Hornets.
 
 The  Clippers  fell to  the Dallas Mavericks  in Big D  on Tuesday, 109-102 in
 overtime.  The Mavs are  fighting like crazy to get the eighth playoff spot in
 the  Western Conference and they were a little too much for the Clips in extra
 time.
 
 Chris  Paul, who  spent the first six  seasons of his career with the Hornets,
 scored  a season-high 33 points, but it wasn't enough. L.A. went scoreless for
 a three-minute stretch in overtime and the Clippers committed bad turnovers at
 bad times, along with missing open shots.
 
 "The  opportunity was there," said Paul, who tied a career-high in the regular
 season  with seven  turnovers. "There have been times when we've won this year
 and  we didn't  necessarily play the right  way, but tonight we lost. A lot of
 shots  and a  lot of plays went their  way but I feel good about how we played
 tonight."
 
 Blake  Griffin and Caron Butler both had 14 points and Jamal Crawford and Matt
 Barnes both scored 10 points off the bench.
 
 The  loss  didn't hurt  the  Clippers  too  badly  in the  Western  Conference
 standings.  Both  the Denver Nuggets and  Memphis Grizzlies lost on Monday and
 all three teams have 23 losses on the season.
 
 Next  up for  the Clippers in this four  games in five nights road trip is the
 Hornets.
 
 New  Orleans has won  three in a row after losing four straight and its win on
 Monday halted the Nuggets' 15-game winning streak.
 
 With  starting guards  Eric Gordon  and  Greivis Vasquez  sidelined with  sore
 ankles,  seven Hornets scored in double figures and Brian Roberts, who started
 at the point, handed out 18 assists.
 
 "We knew we had some guys out, but the group we had we just wanted to come out
 and  fight," Roberts  said. "Guys played extremely hard, and think that's what
 got us the win."
 
 The  Hornets  held a nine-point lead  after three quarters, then outscored the
 Nuggets by six in the final frame to win, 110-86.
 
 Ryan  Anderson  led the way with  23 points. Darius Miller (16), Anthony Davis
 (14),  Roger  Mason, Jr.  (14), Roberts  (13), Al-Farouq  Aminu (13) and Robin
 Lopez (11) all played well in the victory.
 
 The Hornets hadn't won three games in a row since mid-January.
 
 New Orleans and L.A. split the two games this season with the Hornets sneaking
 in  a victory  at the Staples Center.  The Clippers have lost nine straight in
 New Orleans.
 
 
 03/27 10:54:50 ET