Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 12/6

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

Clippers 104

(34-41, 9-28 away)

Bobcats 102

(15-58, 12-26 home)

    Coverage: FSW

    7:00 PM ET, April 5, 2005

    Charlotte Coliseum, Charlotte, NC

    1 2 3 4 T
    LAC 22 32 20 30104
    CHA 28 24 26 24102

    Top Performers

    LAC: E. Brand 27 Pts, 10 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Stl, 2 Blk

    Cha: B. Knight 21 Pts, 4 Reb, 13 Ast, 4 Stl

    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.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 104 102
    FGM-FGA 34-81 (.420) 36-81 (.444)
    3PM-3PA 1-6 (.167) 4-7 (.571)
    FTM-FTA 35-43 (.814) 26-37 (.703)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 11-46 9-41
    Assists 20 21
    Turnovers 16 15
    Steals 12 10
    Blocks 3 3
    Fast Break Points 16 17
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 30 (0/0) 29 (1/0)
    Largest Lead 4 8

    Top Performers

    Los Angeles
    Elton Brand Brand
    Points: 27
    Reb: 10
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 2
    Brevin Knight Knight
    Points: 21
    Reb: 4
    Ast: 13
    Stl: 4
    Blk: 0