It became apparent in the third quarter Monday night that Blake Griffin was going to dish out the punishment this time against the Hornets, and that he hadn't forgotten about the hard foul by New Orleans forward Jason Smith last week that knocked the Clippers' All-Star forward to the floor.

Griffin's actions showed that the Clippers' 97-85 victory over the Hornets at Staples Center was more than just revenge against a New Orleans team that four days earlier had handed them a third consecutive loss to end a three-game trip.

The game also seemed to be about Griffin's seeking some retribution against someone on the Hornets, though not Smith, who was serving the second game of a two-game suspension for his flagrant 2 foul against Griffin in Thursday's game.