L.A. Clippers 99, Charlotte 93 (2OT)
LOS ANGELES, Dec. 6 (Ticker) --
The Los Angeles Clippers are picking up
the victories you have to secure if you want to contend for a
postseason berth in the Western Conference.
scored 33 points and grabbed 11 rebounds and
buried a critical jumper with 10 seconds remaining
in the second overtime as the Clippers edged the Charlotte
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Los Angeles hopes to contend for a playoff berth and is off to
its best start in more than a decade. But the Clippers had
dropped all three of their previous overtime contests --
including a loss to Minnesota on Saturday -- and were 1-3 in
games decided by seven points or fewer this season.
"It boils down to, we got a win," Maggette said. "I mean I'm
happy for that, but you know, coach is not happy about the way
we did our stuff. I'll take the win, but I know we have a lot
of film to watch and a lot of stuff to work on because if that
was a better team, we would have been in trouble."
But Los Angeles showed a lot of moxie in this one, rallying late
in regulation after star Elton Brand
was ejected for throwing a
punch at rookie Emeka Okafor
. After a tight first extra
period, Los Angeles took a 95-91 lead on a layup by Chris Kaman
with 55 seconds left in the second overtime.
"EB got ejected and everything, (then) I had to come in," Kaman
said. "Our team played great. I just try to keep plugging at
After two free throws by Okafor, Simmons sealed the Clippers'
sixth win in seven games with a baseline jumper with 10 seconds
"We knew they had a lot of guys that can make shots and
unfortunately they made some big shots and sent it to a double
overtime," Simmons said. "And they made plays to execute in the
end and we did also."
Maggette made 19-of-21 free throws and Brand chipped in 19
points before being tossed.
, who played collegiately at UCLA, and Primoz Brezec
had 14 points apiece for Charlotte. Okafor added 12 points and
15 rebounds but the Bobcats fell to 0-7 on the road and 0-3 vs.
the Western Conference.
"For two or three possessions there we didn't get a shot up,"
Kapono said. "At the end of the game I don't think we panicked,
I just don't think we got quality shots, but that comes with
time and hopefully we can learn from this one."
The Bobcats did get 38 points from their bench but were limited
to nine players due to injuries.
"My hats off to my team." Charlotte coach Bernie Bickerstaff
said. "They came out and competed. We had guys who played a lot
of minutes and they got a little tired down the stretch and had
some turnovers. ... But other than that I can't find any fault
with my basketball team. They laid it all out there."
Charlotte led 77-71 following a jumper by Brevin Knight
3:18 to go, but Maggette and Chris Wilcox
three-point plays to knot the contest.
Kaman was called for goaltending on Knight's layup with 46 seconds
to go in regulation, but Maggette squared the contest with two free
throws 17 seconds later.
Knight and Marko Jaric
exchanged misses in the final six seconds
The Clippers opened an 89-85 lead on a basket by Maggette with
42 seconds remaining, but Kapono had a jumper and Knight a
steal and layup to force a second extra session.
Mikki Moore had the only basket in the first 3½ minutes of
the second overtime
"Someone has to win," Okafor said. "A team has to break away so
they just happened to be that team. We just gave them the game.
... I guess we made one mistake or they got a break and ended up
winning the game."