LOS ANGELES (AP) — Blake Griffin scored a season-high 43 points and Chris Paul had 15 points and 17 assists as the Los Angeles Clippers held off the Charlotte Hornets 124-121 in overtime Sunday night.
The Hornets lost despite getting 34 points from Kemba Walker and 31 from Nicolas Batum, who shot 8 of 13 on 3-pointers.
Charlotte had a chance to win at the end, trailing by one late in overtime, but a poor pass by Walker was picked off by center DeAndre Jordan with six seconds to go. He followed Paul’s miss on the other end with a dunk that all but sealed the victory.
The Clippers looked as though they had the game in hand late in regulation when Griffin hit a 3-pointer and then finished a three-point play to give Los Angeles a 113-108 lead with 48.2 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter.
But then Walker hit a 3 and added two free throws with 11.9 seconds left to tie it. Paul missed a 15-foot fallaway at the buzzer, sending the game to overtime.
The Clippers jumped out to a 19-8 lead but came out flat-footed in the second quarter as the Hornets opened the period with a 13-0 run.
The shooting of J.J. Redick and Griffin allowed the Clippers to recover and take a 59-51 advantage into the break. Redick had 19 points at halftime on 8-of-10 shooting, and Griffin had scored 13. Redick finished with 22 points.
Paul reported no ill effects after playing 33 minutes in his first game back Friday from a torn thumb ligament.
“He came out great. (But) you can see there are things he needs to work on,” coach Doc Rivers said.
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