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article imageNBA: Clippers keep win streak alive with 92-87 win over Bobcats

By Kristofor Molson     Mar 8, 2011 in Sports
Charlotte - The Clippers were on a two game winning streak coming into tonight against the Bobcats that will start a six game road trip. Charlotte losing Gerald Wallace looks like it is affecting team as they are now on a five game losing streak with this loss.
The Charlotte Bobcats (26-37) hosted the Los Angeles Clippers (24-40) to start their three game home stand. The Clippers won the first meeting on their home court January 29, 2011 with a score of 103-88. The Clippers are the only team out of Los Angeles to sweep the season series with the Bobcats.
The game was close to open up the first quarter, but the Bobcats held a slight edge behind some good team play. The Clippers tied it up at 13 points on a Griffin free-throw when he only made one of two. Kwame Brown (7 points) scored on back-to-back hook shots to give the Bobcats a four point edge. Diaw hit a 3-pointer to make the score 22-18, but Foye responded with one of his own to put the Clipps down by one.
Diaw scored again for the Bobcats and the Clippers took a timeout. Los Angeles then went on a 6-2 spurt to take a 27-26 lead off a pair of Griffin free-throws.
Jamario Moon (2 points) hit a jumper to start the second quarter as the Clippers took a three point edge. White sparked an 8-4 run that gave the Bobcats the lead back 34-33 as he scored six of the eight Bobcats points. The teams battled back and forth as no team got ahead by more than four points.
With just under five minutes the Clippers took a 39-38 lead on Kaman’s jumper forcing the Bobcats to call a timeout. Diaw hit a 3-pointer and a made a layup to give the Bobcats a four point edge till Gomes answered with a 3-pointer of his own. Henderson cut the Clippers lead to one with a dunk, and Williams made only one of two free-throws to give the Clippers a 49-47 lead going into halftime.
Charlotte very much needs players and more than ever now with guard Matt Carroll being sidelined in the second quarter with a sprained left ankle.
Nobody on the Clippers scored over 20 points with Blake Griffin and Mo Williams having team highs with 17 points. Griffin had another double-double as he added 15 rebounds and three assists with Williams having seven assists for the game. Randy Foye was the only other starter to score in double digits with ten points.
The bench came up big for the Clipps with Chris Kaman scoring 16 points with 10 rebounds, and Eric Bledsoe chipping in with 13 points.
The Bobcats played without Stephen Jackson, had Gerald Henderson step in for him as he lead the team in scoring with 20 points. Boris Diaw scored 19 points with eight assists and eight rebounds. D.J. Augustin added 13 points and six assists.
Only two players scored for the Bobcats off the bench, and that was former Clipper Shaun Livingston with 17 points and D.J. White with nine points.
Blake Griffin opened the second half with a jumper 51-57. Henderson and the Bobcats answered with a 9-0 run that gave them a four point lead early. The Clipps took a timeout and bounced back by getting within one on pair of Kaman free-throws. Charlotte held on to the lead with Henderson making a jumper to give them a 63-59 lead.
Kaman later tied the game up at 63 with a jumper, and Bledsoe gave the Clippers a one point lead with a 3-pointer. Los Angeles pushed their lead further with a Kaman layup and a Foye 3-pointer to end the period with a 71-67 lead.
The Clipps pushed their lead to seven when Bledsoe hit a 3-pointer that capped of a 15-4 run that rolled over from the third quarter. Craig Smith (7 points) then scored five straight points for the Clippers making the score 79-72. With just under two minutes left the Clippers took a timeout while leading 87-79.
Charlotte scored four straight points to cut the Los Angeles’ lead down to four. The Clippers shot free-throws the rest of the game as they closed out the Bobcats winning by five because Henderson made a layup at the end of the game.
The Bobcats played with Tyrus Thomas and Jackson, They are two major parts for the team. Henderson said in a post game interview. Henderson scored his third 20-point game this season, but it was not enough to get them over the Clippers.
The Clippers are 6-25 on the road and last night was one of those rare victories that come on the road. The word right now is Eric Gordon will be out indefinitely with wrist issue, but we will see as he came back sooner than expected last time with same wrist being injured before.
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