Paul haunts ex-mates as Clippers top Hornets 97-85


LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Chris Paul had 25 points and 10 assists against his former team, leading the Los Angeles Clippers to a 97-85 win over the New Orleans Hornets on Monday night.

The Hornets first tried to trade Paul to the Lakers -- a deal that was rejected by the league -- before shipping the All-Star point guard to the Clippers shortly after the lockout ended.

Blake Griffin added 20 points and seven rebounds to help the Clippers climb within two games of the Pacific Division-leading Lakers.

Al-Farouq Aminu scored 15 points, and Carl Landry added 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Hornets, who didn't have a player in double digits until Landry's two free throws trimmed Los Angeles' lead to 66-52 with 2:21 left in the third quarter.

New Orleans committed a season-high 29 turnovers, leading to 35 points for the Clippers.