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Charlotte Bobcats shut down Blake Griffin, surprise LA Clippers, 95-91

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    Charlotte Bobcats center Al Jefferson, right, shoots over the Los Angeles Clippers’ DeAndre Jordan (6) during Tuesday night's game at Time Warner Cable Arena.
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    Charlotte Bobcats guard Ramon Sessions, left, drives to the basket against the Los Angeles Clippers’ Darren Collison during Tuesday night's game at Time Warner Cable Arena.
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    Charlotte Bobcats head coach Steve Clifford shouts instructions to his team during Tuesday night's game against the Los Angeles Clippers at Time Warner Cable Arena. The Bobcats won 95-91.
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    The ball gets away from the Charlotte Bobcats’ Bismack Biyombo, left, and the Los Angeles Clippers’ Jared Dudley during Tuesday night's game at Time Warner Cable Arena.
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    Charlotte Bobcats center Al Jefferson, right, shoots over the Los Angeles Clippers; DeAndre Jordan (6) during Tuesday night's game at Time Warner Cable Arena.

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    BOBCATS 95, CLIPPERS 91

    L.A. ClippersMINFG-AFT-AOR-TRAFPt
    Barnes17:292-70-01-1034
    Griffin37:2611-205-61-76327
    Jordan32:142-20-05-20344
    Collison29:505-110-01-25112
    Redick35:517-140-00-21215
    Dudley29:482-80-01-6225
    Crawford27:338-212-30-14120
    Hollins11:021-10-01-3102
    Morris4:421-30-00-0012
    Mullens2:140-20-00-0000
    Turkoglu11:510-10-00-1220
    Totals240:0039-907-910-43241991

    Percentages: FG .433, FT .778. Three-Point Goals: 6-26, .231 (Collison 2-3, Crawford 2-8, Dudley 1-5, Redick 1-6, Barnes 0-1, Mullens 0-1, Morris 0-2). Team Rebounds: 7. Team Turnovers: 14 (14 PTS). Blocked Shots: 4 (Jordan 2, Crawford, Dudley). Turnovers: 13 (Redick 4, Griffin 3, Jordan 3, Collison 2, Crawford). Steals: 5 (Jordan 2, Collison, Griffin, Redick).

    CharlotteMINFG-AFT-AOR-TRAFPt
    Kidd-Gilchrist25:173-72-20-2038
    McRoberts30:464-63-40-85313
    Jefferson35:4412-230-23-101124
    Sessions36:014-122-40-28010
    Henderson35:456-141-41-73113
    Zeller17:041-42-21-2134
    Douglas-Roberts12:151-30-00-1132
    Tolliver22:533-72-21-31210
    Biyombo12:160-00-01-5000
    Pargo11:595-80-00-12111
    Totals240:0039-8412-207-41221795

    Percentages: FG .464, FT .600. Three-Point Goals: 5-15, .333 (McRoberts 2-2, Tolliver 2-5, Pargo 1-3, Douglas-Roberts 0-2, Sessions 0-3). Team Rebounds: 15. Team Turnovers: 10 (9 PTS). Blocked Shots: 6 (Kidd-Gilchrist 2, Douglas-Roberts, Jefferson, Sessions, Zeller). Turnovers: 10 (Jefferson 4, Sessions 3, McRoberts 2, Pargo). Steals: 6 (Kidd-Gilchrist 2, Henderson, Jefferson, McRoberts, Pargo).

    L.A. Clippers2524212191
    Charlotte2622242395

    Att.—14,760 (19,077). T—2:09.

    Officials—James Capers, Dick Bavetta, Mark Lindsay.



Indiana, Oklahoma City, Dallas, Miami twice …

Sooner or later the Charlotte Bobcats had to figure out how to close the deal against a really good team. Sooner became Wednesday night when the Bobcats held off the Los Angeles Clippers 95-91.

The 29-15 Clippers beat the Bobcats 112-85 in Los Angeles, humiliating them in the midst of five-game road trip. The idea they’d reverse that result, particularly considering the way Clippers forward Blake Griffin played through three quarters Wednesday, seemed a reach.

Then Griffin, who scored 26 points in the first three quarters, went invisible. His fourth-quarter stats: 0-of-4 from the field, one point, two rebounds and two assists.

Griffin should have been charged with a turnover when Bobcats point guard Ramon Sessions stripped him of the ball with just over a minute left, but because Griffin was raising the ball at the time, Sessions was instead credited with a block.

Regardless of the nomenclature, this was clear: The 19-25 Bobcats snuffed out a superstar when it mattered most. Power forward Josh McRoberts accomplished that with help from various perimeter players.

“We figured it out a little bit,” said McRoberts, who hit two key free throws with 13 seconds left to close this one out. “I think we were a little confused about what to do with him in the first half. And to be honest, they went to him less in the fourth quarter.”

This felt like the biggest win of the season. The only one that could compare was the early victory against Golden State, and the Warriors weren’t playing as well then as they are now.

The Bobcats are 2-0 since losing point guard Kemba Walker for about two weeks with an ankle sprain. Turns out the sky wasn’t falling after all.

“Everybody has to step up without Kemba,” said center Al Jefferson, who had another virtuoso game with 24 points and 10 rebounds. “Everybody has to commit to that, and that’s what we have done.”

Sessions shot poorly. He was 4-of-12 including a tear-drop airball that luckily fell in the hands of teammate Gerald Henderson for a go-ahead dunk with 22 seconds left.

Sessions knew, however, that when he went from reserve to starter, he needed to be more of a distributor. His eight assists were a season-high.

This was the fourth straight game in which Jefferson has finished with 22 or more points and 10 or more rebounds. It’s clear his ankle is improving and he’s returning to the form the Bobcats are paying $13.5 million a season to retain.

“When I’m healthy I’m going to do what I do best,” Jefferson said. “My ankle is feeling a lot better and I’m in better shape out there.”

He’s happy to have McRoberts along for the ride: “He’s a smart guy on offense; like our point guard. And he isn’t afraid of anything. He’ll take up any matchup.”

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