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LOSANGELES - Chris Paul and the high-flying Los Angeles Clippers fell to the New Orleans Hornets at home Monday night and the former Hornet star guard wasn't too pleased with the outcome.
The Hornets finished a woeful road trip to record a 105-98 win over Paul and company.
'We lost to a very -- let me choose my words -- not very talented team, but well-coached,' Paul said. 'I've watched every game that they've played. And one thing about Monty is, he's going to have them playing hard. So waiting for the fourth quarter to turn it on was going to be tough for us. Greivis Vasquez was feeling good tonight. I think he's on his way to his first All-Star game.'
Hornets Guard Greivis Vasquez had 25 points and 10 assists Monday night, and the Hornets' big men took Griffin completely out of the game that ended the Hornets' seven-game losing streak.
Chris Paul had 20 points and eight assists for Los Angeles. Willie Green, who played for the Hornets two seasons ago before spending last season with Atlanta as a free agent, had 10 points.
Anderson led New Orleans to a 51-44 halftime advantage with 11 points. Neither team led by more than five until the Hornets opened up a 39-28 lead with an 8-0 run capped by Anderson's 3-pointer with 5:58 left in the second quarter.
'Our defense was terrible. It's almost embarrassing,' Paul said. 'Teams feel like they can come down and score on us every night. Guys can't look in our eyes and feel like they can get by us. We have to take more pride in our play.'
'It's been tough for us the whole week, and at the end of the road trip we get this win. It's going to build some confidence, especially with a young team like this,' Vasquez said. 'We came out here with a mission. We didn't care who we were going to play. We just wanted to compete and show who we are.'
Griffin made only one of nine shots in 35 minutes, finishing with a career-low four points and six rebounds before fouling out with 2:36 left in the game. It marked only the fourth time the two-time All-Star failed to reach double digits in scoring in 173 NBA regular season and playoff games.