NEW ORLEANS — Jerryd Bayless nailed a 15-foot jumper, the Clippers called timeout and Chris Paul sprinted off the bench to give Bayless a soaring shoulder bump.
After a shaky first few outings with New Orleans, Bayless was suddenly taking over a game in the fourth quarter, much like the three-time All-Star he backs up.
Bayless had 15 points and nine assists, fellow reserve guard Willie Green scored 19 points, and the Hornets remained unbeaten with a 101-82 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday night.
"It was just, like, finally," said Bayless, a third-year pro acquired in a trade four days before the regular-season opener. "I didn't have any doubts. I know what I can do and I've done it before in the NBA. It was just frustrating, but it was a transition and I feel like these last few games were my training camp."
Paul had 13 points and eight assists for New Orleans, which is off to a franchise-best 7-0 start.
PACERS 144, NUGGETS 113: At Indianapolis, the Pacers made their first 20 shots of the third quarter, missing out on a perfect period when Josh McRoberts was off on a 3-pointer with 1.9 seconds left. Mike Dunleavy scored 24 of his 31 points in the Pacers' 54-point period. Indiana, which shot 64 percent overall, led 113-76 at the end of the third quarter. Darren Collison scored 29 points, Tyler Hansbrough had 20 points and nine rebounds.
CAVALIERS 93, NETS 91: At Newark, N.J., Antawn Jamison and Anthony Parker hit late 3-pointers and Cleveland got 52 points from its reserves in its third consecutive victory. J.J. Hickson led the Cavaliers' balanced attack with 18 points. Ramon Sessions and Jamison each added 15 points and Daniel Gibson had 14 as Cleveland beat the Nets for the ninth straight time.
BUCKS 107, KNICKS 80: At Milwaukee, Brandon Jennings scored 19 points, Drew Gooden added 17 points and eight rebounds, and Milwaukee broke out of an early season shooting slump.
TRAIL BLAZERS 100, PISTONS 78: At Portland, Ore., LaMarcus Aldridge had 19 points and 17 rebounds, and the Trail Blazers ended Detroit's modest two-game winning streak. Nicolas Batum added 17 points for the Blazers, who led by as many as 25 points.
LAKERS 99, TIMBERWOLVES 94: At Los Angeles, Kobe Bryant scored 33 points as the Lakers improved 8-0 for just the third time in franchise history.