NBA Game Summary - Charlotte at LA Clippers
(Monday, February 26th)
Final Score: LA Clippers 100, Charlotte 93
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Corey Maggette feasted at the free throw line and ended with 25 points, as the Clippers topped Charlotte, 100-93, in a game marred by an ugly knee injury to Los Angeles guard Shaun Livingston.
Livingston completely dislocated his left knee while driving for a layup with 8:10 left in the opening quarter. He landed awkwardly on his left knee, which bent backwards with the kneecap protruding to the side. Livingston remained on the floor for a few minutes before being put on a stretcher and wheeled off the court.
"We were pleased about our win, but it came at a big price," Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy said. "This was a big loss for us. This was a shock for our guys, but they did a good job of bouncing back."
X-rays were negative and Livingston was taken to a local hospital for further evaluation. Dr. Steven Shimoyama put the kneecap back in place at the arena.
"I had to put traction on his knee and pull his shin bone forward," Shimoyama said. "Then I simultaneously put pressure on the inner side of his knee to get it back in the correct position. In other words, I needed to pop it into place."
Maggette made his first 18 free throws before going 1-for-2 for the final point of the game, as the Clippers put together back-to-back wins for the first time since a three-game surge January 28 - February 2. Cuttino Mobley had 16 points, while Elton Brand added 14 points and 12 rebounds for the Clippers.
"We were aggressive tonight," Brand said. "We had to put Shaun's injury in the back of our minds and move forward."
Gerald Wallace scored 20 and had 12 boards for the Bobcats, losers of two straight after a four-game win streak. Matt Carroll had 19 points and nine rebounds, while Adam Morrison scored 15.
The Clippers held a tight lead throughout the final quarter, although the Bobcats did crawl within 90-87 with 1:22 left on a Carroll jumper. However, Maggette made two free throws, and after Wallace went 1-for-2 at the line, Mobley hit two more foul shots.
Maggette made five more free throws in the final 36 seconds to secure LA's victory.
The Clippers led 30-25 after the opening quarter and pulled away in the second. Mobley's three-point play made it 43-29 with 8:37 left until halftime and it was 55-42 at the break.
Primoz Brezec's bank shot brought Charlotte within 60-58 midway through the third, and Carroll's three ball gave the Bobcats a 65-64 lead with 3:40 left in the period. However, LA bounced back and extended to a 72-67 margin following two free throws from Maggette and it was 74-70 going into the fourth.
However, most of what the Clippers talked about after the game was the devastating injury to Livingston.
"Injuries are a part of this game," Clippers guard Sam Cassell said. "He'll get an MRI tomorrow. Hopefully it will be better than it looked."
The Clippers have won all five meetings with the Bobcats...The fourth overall selection in the 2004 NBA draft, came into Monday's game averaging 9.5 points and 5.2 assists per contest...Cassell had 14 points and Tim Thomas 12 for LA, while Raymond Felton scored 13 and Brevin Knight 12 for Charlotte.
02/27 01:46:48 ET