Clippers fall to Hornets, drop 8th straight
Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Kemba Walker had 26 points, Dwight Howard added 16 points and 16 rebounds and the Charlotte Hornets snapped a six-game losing streak with a 102-87 victory over the struggling Clippers on Saturday night.Walker, who was coming off a 47-point performance in a loss to the Chicago Bulls on Friday night, was 8 of 17 from the field and 6 of 9 from 3-point range despite a sprained wrist.Jeremy Lamb added 17 points off the bench for Charlotte.Lou Williams had 25 points, and Blake Griffin added 19, but the Clippers seemed to run out of gas in the fourth quarter on the second night of a back-to-back and lost their eighth in a row. He added two free throws and another late 3-pointer to put the game away.Walker is in the midst of yet another strong season for the Hornets, entering the game averaging 23.4 points and 6.5 assists per game for Charlotte.The Hornets had 19 second-chance points compared to five for the Clippers.Both teams shot 39 percent from the field.BEVERLY EXPECTED BACKAustin Rivers said he’s hoping that getting Patrick Beverly back for the team’s next game will give a shot in the arm to a team in need of one.“It will help because it’s another guard in there, but we’ll figure it out. We’re about 15 games in now, so we’ve got to get this going.”Clippers center DeAndre Jordan had 10 points and 14 rebounds. … The Clippers shot 8 of 29 from 3-point range.UP NEXTClippers: At New York on Monday night. “I thought we were a little worn down tonight to be honest with you,” Clippers point guard Austin Rivers said. “Our effort could’ve been better but guys were just tired.”Coach Doc Rivers said the Clippers are still trying to find their identity.The Hornets led 73-71 entering the fourth quarter, but limited the Clippers to 6-of-20 shooting in the fourth quarter while forcing five turnovers.The Hornets began to pull away midway through the fourth quarter.Walker extended the lead to eight when knocked down a 3-pointer from the left wing with 3 minutes to play. Over the span of two days, the All-Star point guard was 11 of 18 from beyond the arc.