Throughout Wednesday night’s game, New Orleans Hornets point guard Greivis Vasquez and Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul competed against each other like they were fierce rivals.

They went back-and-forth with trash talking exchanges. At one point in the fourth quarter after getting fouled, Paul handed the ball Vasquez instead of giving it back to the officials. During some possessions, they glared at each other.

"It’s the same game with Vasquez as every other time,’’ Paul said. "It happened in L.A., all the time - just yapping.''

In December, Vasquez outperformed Paul scoring 25 points and handing out 10 assists that led to a 105-98 victory at the Staples Center. In the rematch game at the New Orleans Arena on Wednesday night, Paul didn’t have a breakout game but the Clippers outlasted the Hornets 105-91 to end their three-game winning streak. Paul scored 16 points but made only five-of-13 shots, but the Clippers took advantage of their superior experience and depth.

"A.D. had a great game, but Greivis will lead them to the promised land,'' Paul said.

It wasn’t determined until about an hour before tip-off that Vasquez would play after a sore left ankle kept him out of Monday night’s 110-86 victory against the Denver Nuggets that ended their 15-game winning streak.

Vasquez never appeared to be in sync against the Clippers, getting into early foul trouble and finishing the game taking only two shots and going scoreless after 27 minutes. He came in averaging 14.1 points, 9.3 assists and his 24 double-doubles ranks second among all guards in the NBA.