Hornets' Long Game Stings Clippers

Flailing Knicks beat floundering Sixers, Bobcats down Bulls
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 26, 2008 7:05 AM CST
Chicago Bulls' Joakim Noah, left, drives to the basket against Charlotte Bobcats' Emeka Okafor during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Chicago, Friday, Jan. 25, 2008.(AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Until the third quarter, the Clippers managed to stay competitive against Western Conference-leading New Orleans, briefly going up 53-52. But then Peja Stojakovic went behind the three-point line to sink five long balls, and the game was in the Hornets' hands for a 111-92 win, reports the Los Angeles Times. Elsewhere in the league:

  • In a matchup between Philadelphia and New York, it was anyone's game to lose. This time, the Sixers took that honor, as the Nets exhibited a rare strain of teamwork in the 89-91 win.
  • Andres Nocioni had 25 points for Chicago, but Charlotte broke a pattern of caving in the fourth quarter to the Bulls and held on this time for a 90-77 victory.