LOS ANGELES, Dec 19 (Reuters) - A high-spirited Los Angeles Clippers soared to a franchise record-tying 11th straight victory with a comfortable 93-77 triumph over the slumping New Orleans Hornets on Wednesday.
Roared on by a raucous home crowd, the surging Clippers tied a winning streak dating back to 1974 when the franchise was known as the Buffalo Braves.
The present incarnation of the Clippers (19-6) eased to victory on the back of a balanced effort as Blake Griffin scored 18 points and Jamal Crawford led the reserves with 17, the home players sharing high-fives and smiling throughout the contest.
While points arrived often and from a number of sources, the Los Angeles defense stifled the struggling Hornets (5-20), who appeared jaded in their second game in as many nights as they slipped to a ninth consecutive defeat.
Robin Lopez amassed 22 points and nine rebounds for New Orleans but the visitors shot just 38 percent as they put up meek resistance against an in-form opponent.
Chris Paul brought the Los Angeles crowd to its feet in the second quarter when the 27-year-old point guard became the fifth fastest player to reach 5,000 career assists. (Editing by John O'Brien)