Final / 2OT

Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 12/6

Game 1: Monday, December 6th
Game 2: Tuesday, April 5th

Bobcats 93

(4-11, 0-7 away)

Clippers 99

(11-7, 7-4 home)

    7:30 PM ET, December 6, 2004

    STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, CA

    1 2 3 4 OT 2OT T
    CHA 25 22 19 13 10 493
    LAC 23 21 19 16 10 1099

    Top Performers

    Cha: E. Okafor 12 Pts, 15 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl, 3 Blk

    LAC: C. Maggette 33 Pts, 11 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Blk

    Clippers survive Brand's ejection

    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The Los Angeles Clippers started taking the expansion Bobcats seriously just in time to eke out a victory.

    Corey Maggette scored four of his 33 points in the second overtime and the Clippers survived the fourth-quarter ejection of Elton Brand to beat Charlotte 99-93 Monday night.

    "We were having a problem finding motivation against those guys," point guard Marko Jaric said. "They played an excellent game. We started out very slow and very, very lazy, and we have to understand that we are not the kind of team that can play that kind of basketball."

    It was the first overtime win in four tries this season for the Clippers. After tying his career high with 34 points in Saturday's OT loss to Minnesota, Maggette pulled out this win, going 4-of-4 from the free throw line in the second extra session.

    Brand, held to a season-low 10 points Saturday, finished with 19 points to help the Clippers win for the sixth time in seven games. Jaric, who had 10 assists, already has five double-digit assists games -- two more than all of last season.

    Jason Kapono and Primoz Brezec each had 14 points for the Bobcats, who played without Gerald Wallace (concussion) and Jahidi White (right shoulder strain). They have won four of their first 15 games, but are 0-7 on the road.

    "We've certainly got things in perspective, in terms of where we are and what we've got to do," coach Bernie Bickerstaff said. "We've won four games, and the predictions were that we probably wouldn't win any. Everybody comes after us every night because they don't want to lose to us."

    Charlotte rookie Emeka Okafor, who averaged 19.5 points and 12.6 rebounds over his previous six games, finished with 12 points and 15 boards.

    Mikki Moore got the Clippers started in the second extra period with a dunk with 4:36 remaining. No one else scored until Maggette sank two free throws with 1:30 left for a four-point lead. Kapono hit a 17-footer at the other end, but Chris Kaman responded for the Clippers with a layup that gave them a 95-91 lead with 56 seconds to play.

    Okafor made it a two-point game with a pair of free throws, but Simmons followed with a fadeaway 19-footer from the right baseline with 10.4 seconds remaining and Maggette added two free throws.

    Moore's layup tied it at 85 with 2:05 left in the first overtime, triggering a 6-0 spurt by the Clippers that ended with two jumpers by Maggette.

    But Kapono hit a baseline jumper and Brevin Knight drove coast to coast for the tying layup with 11.4 seconds on the clock after stripping the ball clean from Maggette.

    The Bobcats missed nine of their first 10 shots in the fourth quarter and the Clippers ran off eight straight points to turn a five-point deficit into a 71-68 lead with 6:22 left in regulation.

    Keith Bogans and Kapono responded with 3-pointers 10 seconds apart, ending Charlotte's scoring drought and giving the Bobcats a 74-71 edge.

    On the next possession, Brand took exception to Okafur's defense and responded with an uncharacteristic flagrant foul that earned him two technical fouls and an ejection with 3:28 remaining.

    "It was just a push," Brand said. "It was frustration from getting tangled up. I wasn't trying to start a fight or a melee or anything. I was just trying to break away. But the league is definitely cracking down on anything that goes on. I was having a pretty good fourth quarter, so it was very difficult to watch after that."

    After Maggette's two free throws with 29 seconds left tied it at 79, both teams blew chances to win it. Knight missed a 13-footer from the lane and Jaric missed a layup as the buzzer sounded.

    The Clippers improved to 11-7, including the three overtime losses.

    "I'm happy for their success," said Bobcats forward Melvin Ely, who spent his first two NBA seasons with the Clippers before being traded to the Bobcats.

    "Anything is possible when you're got players like Elton Brand and Corey Maggette," Ely added. "And now they've got Chris Wilcox playing to his potential and Bobby Simmons also playing well. So it's not surprising at all."

    Game notes

    Shooting guard Kareem Rush, acquired earlier in the day by the Bobcats from the Lakers for a pair of second-round draft picks, was in uniform but did not play. ... Rush, who wore No. 21 with the Lakers, had to pick another number because injured swingman Bernard Robinson had it. So he chose No. 4 in honor of former Lakers teammate Luke Walton and Rush's brother JaRon, who had that number at UCLA.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 93 99
    FGM-FGA 37-98 (.378) 36-76 (.474)
    3PM-3PA 7-13 (.538) 1-6 (.167)
    FTM-FTA 12-17 (.706) 26-29 (.897)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 16-39 11-49
    Assists 24 25
    Turnovers 13 24
    Steals 14 8
    Blocks 4 7
    Fast Break Points 6 7
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 25 (0/0) 19 (1/1)
    Largest Lead 7 6

    Top Performers

    Los Angeles
    Emeka Okafor Okafor
    Points: 12
    Reb: 15
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 3
    Corey Maggette Maggette
    Points: 33
    Reb: 11
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 1