The Charlotte Hornets are in the midst of a six-game road trip and a stretch of nine of 11 away from home and will try to move to 2-1 in that span when they visit the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday. The Hornets began the excursion with a 123-110 loss at Western Conference-leading Denver on Saturday but picked it up on the second night of a back-to-back and grabbed a 119-113 triumph at Phoenix on Sunday.
Charlotte is trying to get back to .500 and shook off a slow start by dominating late in the victory over the Suns. "We just played with more energy and effort (in the second half)," forward Marvin Williams told reporters. "We didn't play with the most energy and effort in the first half and Phoenix did a great job of taking advantage of that. We decided in the second half to come out and really pick it up. We were able to get stops and keep scoring on offense." The Clippers won each of their last two games and six of nine after picking off the Orlando Magic 106-96 in the opener of the two-game homestand on Sunday. Los Angeles held the Magic to 37.1 percent from the floor in limiting an opponent to fewer than 100 points for the first time since a 96-86 loss at Memphis on Dec. 5.
TV: 10:30 p.m. ET, FS Southeast (Charlotte), FS Prime Ticket (Los Angeles) LINE: Clippers -6.5
ABOUT THE HORNETS (19-20): The key to Charlotte's strong play late on Sunday was star guard Kemba Walker, who scored 18 of his 29 points in the final five minutes. "I was just being aggressive," Walker told reporters. "(Backup point guard) Tony (Parker) did a great job of holding it down and I wanted to come in, be aggressive and make plays. I was able to get downhill and get to the basket and free-throw line as well. ... Everybody on my team wanted me to be aggressive." Walker went 10-of-31 from the floor in back-to-back losses and was 4-of-12 on Sunday before breaking out late and knocking down five of his last eight field-goal attempts.
ABOUT THE CLIPPERS (23-16): Tobias Harris reached 20 points once in the previous five games and started off slow on Sunday before finding his rhythm and pouring in a team-high 28 points in the win. "It was definitely a tough start for us, myself included, but one thing my teammates kept telling me was 'keep getting to your spots, your shots are going to fall,'" Harris told reporters. "'Get downhill and create some plays.' That's what we were able to do." Harris helped make up for an off-night from fellow forward Danilo Gallinari, who went 5-of-16 from the floor and 2-of-10 from beyond the arc in the victory.
1. Hornets SG Jeremy Lamb (hamstring) sat out the last three games and is day-to-day.
2. Clippers G Avery Bradley is 4-of-14 from the floor over the last two games and is shooting 38.5 percent on the season.
3. Los Angeles won seven of the last eight in the series.
PREDICTION: Clippers 123, Hornets 120 Bet Now
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