NBA Game Summary - Charlotte at LA Clippers
(Monday, December 6th)
Final Score: LA Clippers 99, Charlotte 93 (2-OT)
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Corey Maggette scored eight of his 33 points after regulation as the Los Angeles Clippers needed double overtime to defeat the expansion Charlotte Bobcats, 99-93, at the Staples Center.
Maggette was 19-of-21 from the foul line and he also pulled down 11 rebounds to help the Clippers to their sixth win in seven games. Elton Brand scored 19 points with seven boards before getting ejected late in the fourth quarter for a flagrant foul.
Bobby Simmons chipped in 16 points and nine rebounds in a career-high 52 minutes while Marko Jaric starred defensively with five steals to go with 10 assists.
"I was disgusted by our performance. We didn't deserve to win," said Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy. "We made mistakes you're just not supposed to make. I'll give them credit for not giving up. Corey made some big shots, but I was very disappointed with our performance."
Jason Kapono and Primoz Brezec netted 14 points for the Bobcats, who are a respectable 3-3 their last six times out. Brezec grabbed eight rebounds, seven less than first-round pick Emeka Okafor, who added 12 points.
The Clippers opened the second overtime with four consecutive points for a 93-89 edge. After a jumper by Kapono, Chris Kaman scored a crucial bucket from the paint to restore the four-point margin.
Okafor made a pair from the charity stripe to get Charlotte back within two, but Simmons' baseline jumper with 10 ticks left cemented the victory.
The Bobcats tallied the initial four points of the first extra session, but the score was all square at 85 apiece with 90 seconds to go. Maggette then hit back-to-back jumpers for a four-point lead, but his turnover let Charlotte right back in it.
A long jumper by Kapono cut the margin in half and Maggette, with a chance to virtually put the game away with time running down, was stripped by Brevin Knight. Knight sprinted downcourt for a breakaway layup with 11 seconds to go, forcing a second overtime.
"We didn't play our best game," Maggette said. "We should've beaten these guys easy. Coach had a reason to be upset."
Charlotte was ahead by as much as seven, 34-27, early in second quarter after a three-pointer by Tamar Slay.
The difference was cut to one on Maggette's jumper with just under a minute remaining before a bucket by Melvin Ely gave Charlotte a 47-44 edge at the half.
More back and forth action ensued in the second half until the Clippers ran off eight straight points early in the fourth quarter to turn a five-point deficit into a 71-68 advantage.
Brand had back-to-back buckets to cap the rally with 6:22 to play, but he was tossed three minutes later for shoving Okafor in frustration.
In between, LA was scoreless while Charlotte got a pair of three-pointers from Keith Bogans and Kapono for a 74-71 lead. Okafor then made one of his two free throws before the Bobcats took further advantage of Brand's flagrant via Knight's jumper that made it 77-71 with 3:18 left.
The Clippers answered right back with consecutive three-point plays to tie the game. Maggette's was first and Chris Wilcox capitalized on Jaric's fifth steal with a strong fast break dunk plus the foul.
After a layup by Knight, Maggette converted two more from the line to knot the game at 79-79 with 29 ticks to go.
Knight was off target on a jumper with six seconds left and Jaric raced to the other end in search of a game-winning layup that rimmed out at the buzzer.
The Clippers won their first overtime game in four tries while Charlotte fell to 0-7 on the road...Knight dished out 13 assists...Okafor blocked three shots...Bogans finished with 12 points as Charlotte had five players end in double figures...Kaman was due at Los Angeles International Airport for a 12 a.m. local flight to Michigan. His high school jersey will be retired Tuesday. The game ended just before 10:30 p.m...Guard Kareem Rush, acquired by Charlotte from the Lakers earlier in the day for two second-round draft picks, dressed but did not play.
12/07 02:14:49 ET