Clippers 102, Bobcats 93
Elton Brand added 19 points and 10 rebounds, and four other players scored in double figures for the Clippers, who snapped a five-game losing streak.
Raymond Felton had 18 points for the Bobcats, who played without four injured starters: forward Sean May (sore right knee), forward Emeka Okafor (strained calf), center Primoz Brezec (sprained left ankle), and guard Brevin Knight (strained groin).
The Bobcats hit 13 of 19 from the field (68.4 percent) in the first quarter to tie a franchise record for field-goal percentage, but made only 19-of-59 over the final three periods in losing for the first time in their last three games.
Charlotte hit its first six shots and 11 of its first 12 to take the lead on Carroll’s layup with 5:30 left in the first quarter putting the Bobcats ahead 24-14.
The Clippers pulled within five points at the end of the period, then trailed by a point three times in the second quarter before Cassell’s free throw with 32 seconds remaining tied the score at 53-53 at the break.
Thomas hit a 3-pointer with 8:46 left in the third quarter to put the Clippers ahead 60-59, their first lead of the game.
After Wallace’s layup with 7:52 left put the Bobcats back up 61-60, the Clippers broke loose on a 19-5 run, going ahead 79-66 on Cassell’s jumper with 6.3 seconds left.
The Clippers twice pulled ahead by 17 points in the fourth quarter, the last at 102-85 on Thomas’ 3-pointer with 2:46 remaining. ^Notes: Charlotte waived forward Eric Williams on Friday. Williams averaged 2.6 points in five games for the Bobcats after being traded by San Antonio on Feb. 13 for Charlotte center-forward Melvin Ely and the Spurs’ second-round draft pick in 2009. … Guard Daniel Ewing, one of three former Duke players on the Clippers’ roster, was disappointed in the Blue Devils’ first-round loss in the NCAA tournament. “When tournament time comes, people expect Duke to be in the thick of things, regardless of the season they’ve had,” said Ewing, who played at Duke between 2001-2005. “(But) everybody wants to see Duke lose. I’m used to it. I was there for four years. I know how it is.”