Los Angeles lost the first four games of its trip before beating the Atlanta Hawks 111-91 on Sunday to snap a six-game road losing streak.
Elton Brand scored a season-high 33 points to help the Clippers post only their second road win in two months. Los Angeles, 8-28 on the road, hasn’t won two in a row away from home since early November.
“Guys were feeding me the ball, so I could do something with it,” Brand said. “We’ve been struggling on the road, so we didn’t know what to expect. We knew we had to come in and play well, play hard.”
The Clippers won on the road for only the second time since winning at Memphis on Feb. 3. Their only other road victory during that stretch was against the Los Angeles Lakers on March 8, but that contest was played at Staples Center where the Clippers also play their home games.
Los Angeles concludes its trip Wednesday against the San Antonio Spurs.
“Right now we’re out of the playoff picture,” said Corey Maggette, who scored 25 points in his return after missing one game with a bruised lower back. “Right now this is our opportunity to play as hard as we can the last nine games and prepare for next year.”
Charlotte is also looking toward next season.
The first-year Bobcats lost their fourth straight on Saturday, 112-97 on the road to the Chicago Bulls, to fall to 15-57 this season.
One bright spot for Charlotte has been the play of rookie forward Emeka Okafor, the team’s top scorer and rebounder. The second overall pick in last year’s draft finished with 28 points and 16 rebounds Saturday.
“I just got off to a fast start. Brevin (Knight) did a good job of finding the ball to me. I just had the magic touch and we went with it,” Okafor said.
He has posted four straight double-doubles, averaging 22.3 points and 12.5 rebounds.