Chris Paul had 15 points and 15 assists, and the New Orleans Hornets won for the seventh time in eight games, 108-94 over the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday night.
Peja Stojakovic, hitting at least four 3-pointers in a game for the ninth time this season, scored 20 points to help New Orleans beat the Clippers a 12th consecutive time.
Emeka Okafor added 21 points, while David West and Marcus Thornton each scored 11 for the Hornets, who have won 13 of their last 14 home games.
Baron Davis scored 19 points and Brian Skinner 14 for Los Angeles, which has lost two straight following a four-game winning streak.
The bigger loss for the Clippers came off the court as the club announced top draft pick Blake Griffin, who had yet to play in the regular season, now needs season-ending surgery on his broken left kneecap.
The game was tied at 50 early in the third quarter when Paul's 3 and mid-range jumper fueled a 7-0 run. Paul scored 11 in the period, including a running floater and another jumper that put New Orleans up 77-68 late in the quarter.
The Hornets continued to pull away early in the fourth quarter when Okafor converted a three-point play inside and Stojakovic followed with his fourth 3 of the game to make it 84-72.
Later in the quarter, James Posey hit a 3, then Thornton followed with two more to make it 104-83 and hasten the substitution of any remaining starters out of the game.
New Orleans hit nine 3s in all and shot 51.7 percent (45 of 87) for the game. The Clippers outrebounded New Orleans 46-38, with Marcus Camby grabbing 20 rebounds, including 10 on the offensive end. But Los Angeles shot 40.7 percent, which was not good enough to keep pace.
The Hornets had six players score in double figures, including Devin Brown with 10 despite going 0 for 7 from 3-point range.
Al Thornton scored 12 for Los Angeles and Eric Gordon 11.
Stojakovic hit his first three 3-point attempts and had 15 of his points in the first half.
Coming off a 27-point, 12-rebound, 12-assist performance in the Clippers' 104-102 loss at Memphis on Tuesday night, Davis scored 11 points in the first half against New Orleans. The Clippers led by as much as seven in the second quarter on Ricky Davis' 3-pointer, which made it 41-34.
New Orleans then surged back ahead with an 8-0 run capped by James Posey's 3 and Devin Brown's fast-break dunk gave the Hornets a 50-48 lead at halftime.
NOTES: The Hornets are 15-3 at home this season. ... Clippers center Chris Kaman missed his second straight game with a sore back ... Hornets rookie point guard Darren Collison missed his second straight game with a bruised right knee. ... The Hornets said team owner George Shinn had successful surgery to remove his prostate in Washington, D.C., earlier Wednesday. Shinn was diagnosed with prostate cancer in November.