With his knee and lower back problems behind him, Hornets shooting guard Eric Gordon finally got a chance to play against the Los Angeles Clippers for the first time since they traded him in December. Although he still says the trade caught him by surprise, he had no other motive Sunday night but to help the Hornets get a win.

Gordon didn't meet that objective as the Hornets lost 107-98 in front of sellout crowd of 18,315 at the Staples Center. The Hornets couldn't hold a 13-point fourth quarter lead because of Randy Foye, who scored 24 points. Former Hornets point guard Chris Paul scored 33 points.

However, Gordon still showed he can attack off the dribble and sank jumpers. He got a scare with 3:33 remaining when it appeared he might have turned his right ankle after stepping into Foye on a defensive play. But Gordon remained in the game.

No play better showcased Gordon's ability than how he maneuvered around forward Blake Griffin on a crossover dribble near the end of the first quarter before bolting to the lane for a dunk.

"I looked to have fun and trying to help us win," Gordon said. "That's what it's all about. Of course, the trade caught me by surprise. But at this point, I'm not worried about it. A lot of people ask me about it, but I don't get in to that anymore. It's a new journey, and I like this journey here with the Hornets."