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LOS ANGELES - Al Thornton scored six of his 20 points over the final 1:23 and DeAndre Jordan had 16 points and nine rebounds to lead the Los Angeles Clippers to a 91-88 victory over the New Orleans Hornets on Friday night in the pre-season finale for both teams. Premier Chargers Jersey . The Clippers (6-1), who were 19-63 in an injury-plagued 2008-09, open the regular season Tuesday night against the Lakers. Clippers forward Blake Griffin, the first overall pick in the draft, had eight points and six rebounds in 26 minutes. He finished the preseason averaging 13.7 points and 8.1 rebounds, and is expected to start in the opener because of Marcus Cambys sprained left ankle. Peja Stojakovic led New Orleans (2-6) with 19 points and David West had 18. The Hornets, who have eight new players on their roster, open the season Wednesday at San Antonio. New Orleans was 7-0 in the preseason last year, a springboard to a 49-33 record that resulted in their first Southwest Division title. But they lost to Denver in the first round of the playoffs, tying an NBA post-season record with a 58-point loss in Game 4. The Clippers, 2-of-14 from three-point range through the first three quarters, took a 66-65 lead into the fourth. Baron Davis hit a three to give Los Angeles a 73-67 lead with 9:32 to play, and Craig Smith converted two offensive rebounds into a dunk and a layup 27 seconds apart, increasing the margin to 79-70 with 7:17 left. The Hornets closed to 79-77 on a three-pointer by Bobby Brown and a short jumper by West with 4:07 remaining, but that was as close as they got. Thornton helped seal the win with a 19-footer and two free throws, giving Los Angeles an 86-80 lead with 46.4 seconds to go. Hornets point guard Chris Paul missed his second straight game because of an upper respiratory problem and forward Ike Diogu sat out with a left knee strain. Centre Emeka Okafor, who sprained a toe on his right foot during the first day of training camp, didnt play during the pre-season. NOTES: The replacement referees called 41 fouls and a technical against Darius Songaila. Things will be back to normal on opening night, because the NBA and its referees union reached agreement Friday night on a two-year contract -- ending a lockout that lasted more than a month. ... Byron Scott, who enters this season with a .500 record as an NBA head coach (349-349), is eight victories from breaking Paul Silas franchise record of 207 regular-season wins. Clippers counterpart Mike Dunleavy is eight wins from 600. ... Darren Collison, the Hornets first-round draft pick out of UCLA, had six points in 14 minutes. He finished the preseason with 44 points and 17 assists in 96 minutes. Replicas LaDainian Tomlinson Jersey . 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The Sooners remained winless on the road in conference play (0-7) this season. They also lost to Kansas for the sixth straight time. Final Score: Connecticut 73, (8) West Virginia 62 Hartford, CT (Sports Network) - Kemba Wallker scored 21 points and Stanley Robinson chipped in 15 points and 13 rebounds, as Connecticut picked up a much-needed 73-62 victory over No. Jermaine Gresham Authentic Jersey. 8 West Virginia in another Big East showdown. Off the heels of a 1-4 stretch, the Huskies precarious NCAA Tournament resume has improved over the past week with back-to-back road wins against then third-ranked Villanova last Monday and a convincing decision at Rutgers on Saturday. Mondays triumph breaks UConn (17-11, 7-8 Big East) apart from a five-way tie for eighth in the conference, while West Virginia sits alone in fourth (21-6, 10-5), only a half-game ahead of Louisville. Jerome Dyson netted 17 points for the Huskies, whose 30-of-42 effort at the foul line was significantly better than West Virginias 12- of-23 showing at the stripe. West Virginia was led by Devin Ebanks 17 points and nine rebounds, while leading scorer DaSean Butler scored nine on 2-of-10 shooting. ' ' '
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