L.A. Clippers 104, Charlotte 102
CHARLOTTE, N.C., April 5 (Ticker) --
In a thrilling battle of
point guards, rookie Shaun Livingston
outshined veteran Brevin Knight
when it mattered most.
Livingston scored the game-winning basket with one second left
and posted career highs in points, rebounds and steals as the
Los Angeles Clippers recorded a 104-102 victory over the
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After Knight tied the game for Charlotte at 102-102 with a
3-pointer with seven seconds remaining, Rick Brunson
length of the court and fed the 19-year-old Livingston, who put
in the game-winning layup.
"It was an improvised play," Livingston said. "We didn't draw
anything up. We had to get it out. Rick got it out and pushed.
I think they were still celebrating or something. He drove all
the way down and saw Emeka, so he went up and passed it at the
last second. It was a great play by him. I just finished it."
"I thought down at the end of the game we finished it off
nicely," Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy
said. "In the fourth
quarter, we played a strong game. Livingston did a terrific job
playing with five fouls down the stretch. He's a real heady
The winning basket inexplicably came on a 2-on-1 fast break as
the Bobcats' defense was nowhere to be found.
"Unfortunately, our transition defense got a little mixed up and
we gave up a layup," Knight said.
The Bobcats attempted a desperation full-court pass which did
not result in a shot.
With back-to-back road victories for the first time since
November, the Clippers improved to 2-4 on their seven-game trip.
Livingston finished with 17 points, eight rebounds and six
steals, all career bests. The 6-7 point guard, who narrowly
missed a triple-double with nine assists, directed the team late
in the fourth quarter, setting up three of the Clippers' final
"We've struggled on the road and a part of that has been that we
haven't had Livingston," Dunleavy said. "We've been missing
some guys that have been good finishers. ... He was doing things
that we didn't do. He had a huge steal and a big rebound and
that was all in the last three or four minutes of the game. A
big part of winning down the stretch is having a guy like that
to make all those plays."
Knight, Charlotte's 5-10 guard who leads the NBA in
assist-to-turnover ratio, finished with 21 points and 13 assists
but committed a late turnover -- his lone giveaway of the game --
and directed several late sloppy possessions as the expansion
Bobcats lost their fifth consecutive game.
"Effort-wise we were OK, but cerebral-wise we weren't,"
Charlotte coach Bernie Bickerstaff
said. "We all look at the
last few minutes of the basketball game. But, if you do what
you're supposed to do leading up to that point, the score is not
scored 34 points for the Clippers, sinking
15-of-16 free throws. Elton Brand
added 27 points and 10 boards.
"Free throws were key for us tonight," Maggette said. "We
practice a lot on free throws. I'm just glad our team has been
poised going to the free-throw line."
scored 19 points and rookie Emeka Okafor
with 10 rebounds for the Bobcats, who have lost five games this
season on the final possession. They dropped to 5-13 in games
decided by three points or less.