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Livingston answers Knight's 3 to tie

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- The Los Angeles Clippers thought they had
the Charlotte Bobcats beat. When the game nearly slipped away, they
used pure instinct to pull it out.

Shaun Livingston made a soft layup with 1 second to play to lead
the Clippers to a 104-102 victory over the Bobcats on Tuesday
night.

His basket came after Brevin Knight hit a 3 for the Bobcats to
tie the game at 102 with 7 seconds to play. Rick Brunson took the
rebound and drove the length of the court, then passed it off to
Livingston, who was under the basket and softly tossed it in.

"It was an improvised play, we had no timeouts left and they
seemed to be celebrating or something," Livingston said. " Rick
drove all the way down, and saw Emeka (Okafor) and passed it at the
last second. It was a great play by him, I just finished it."

Okafor said he never even knew what hit the Bobcats on the final
basket.

"I tried to put myself in position to block it and everything
just happened so fast," he said. "I looked up and saw this figure
making a layup."

The Clippers seemed to have this one in hand over the final 2
minutes, with Charlotte having to foul them every possession.

But Knight made a pair of free throws, scored on a driving
layup, then hit the game-tying 3-pointer.

"We wanted no 3s," said Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy. "We
would give up a layup or even free throws, but no 3s. Then we
backed up too far on defense and Brevin drilled it."

Brunson drove the ball the length of the court and fired it over
to Livingston at the last possible moment.

Livingston made the shot to give the Clippers consecutive road
victories for just the second time this season.

"Part of winning down the stretch is having guys that can make
plays," Dunleavy said.

Knight angrily knocked over several chairs on Charlotte's bench
as he stormed off, frustrated as the Bobcats' lost for the fifth
time this season on the final shot of the game.

"At that point of the game it was a little chaotic," Knight
said of the game-winning shot. "I just wish we had been able to
pick up our men."

Corey Maggette scored 34 points to lead the Clippers and Elton
Brand had 27 points and 10 rebounds. Livingston finished with 17.

Knight had 21 points and 13 assists to lead the Bobcats, who
lost their fifth straight. Gerald Wallace finished with 11 points
and Okafor had 17 points and 10 rebounds for his 41st
double-double.

The game was tight throughout, with 14 ties and 18 lead changes.

Then Livingston had a pair of steals off bad Charlotte passes,
and Brand put the Clippers on top with a basket with 1:15 to play
that gave them a 95-94 lead. After a Charlotte miss, Marko Jaric
made his only basket of the night with 57 seconds to play.

Charlotte began fouling from there and Maggette, who made
15-of-16 free throws for the game, hit four down the stretch. His
pair of foul shots with 12 seconds left made it 102-99.

Then Knight hit his 3 pointer and the Bobcats seemed as if they
were ready for overtime until Livingston's game-winner.

Game notes
The tread on Malik Allen's shoe peeled apart during the
second half, sending the Charlotte forward to the locker room for a
new pair. On his way out, Allen angrily whipped the shoe at a wall
and it accidentally hit a Coliseum guard. ... Charlotte guard Jason
Hart did not play because of illness. ... Los Angeles forward
Mamadou N'Diaye scored a career-high four points. ... The Clippers
were just 1-for-6 from 3-point range. ... Jaye Lowry, a 6-year-old
drummer from McConnells, S.C., followed up his appearance on
'Showtime at the Apollo' by playing at halftime of the game.