Brand, Kaman Lead Clippers Past Bobcats
L.A. Clippers 97, Charlotte 88
CHARLOTTE, N.C., Dec. 23 (Ticker) -- Elton Brand and Chris Kaman were too much for the Charlotte Bobcats to handle in the paint.
Brand had a season-high 38 points and 20 rebounds and Kaman added a season-high 22 and career-high 22 as the Los Angeles Clippers ending a two-game skid with a 97-88 triumph over the smallish Bobcats.
"We had two teams that were banged up a little bit. Unfortunately for them, they didn't have a lot of size," Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy said. "They tried to go small on us and make us blink. We tried to stay big and make them blink. I think our big guys did a great job."
With the performances by Brand and Kaman, the Clippers became the first team to have players with 30-20 and 20-20 in the same game since December 8, 1970, when Willis Reed (37 points, 23 rebounds) and Dave DeBusschere (22 points, 20 rebounds) did it for the New York Knicks, who went on to win the championship.
"I was trying to get to 25 (rebounds) but Elton kept taking them all," said Kaman, who made 10-of-16 shots. "They told me how many I had at the end of the third quarter. Then Elton started going crazy, blocking shots and taking my rebounds. We're not on good terms right now."
Kaman said the Clippers wanted to push its height advantage early. "They were shorthanded down low and we went at them in the first half," Kaman said. "Me and Elton got the same looks in the second half. For me, I just wanted to keep rebounding because I knew they were going to double me in the second half. I had to pass the ball and I had to get the other guys open."
The Clippers led, 77-66, at the start of the fourth quarter and used a 10-6 spurt to open their advantage with 7:14 remaining.
"We wanted to take advantage of the matchups. They were missing some big (guys)," said Brand, who shot 14-of-25 from the floor. "No one feels sorry for us with Corey Maggette, Quinton Ross and Zeljko (Rebraca) out. We weren't going to feel sorry for them. We were going to pound it inside-out."
The Bobcats closed to 91-84 with 1:42 left, but Brand made a pair of free throws and jumper 97-86 for a bulge in the final minute.
Sam Cassell scored 13 points and Shaun Livingston had eight and 10 assists for the Clippers, who made 22-of-22 free throws and overcame 18 turnovers.
Primoz Brezec scored 20 points and Brevin Knight added 19 and seven assists for Charlotte, which was outscored, 56-38, in the paint.