Radmanovic helps Bobcats top Clippers 94-73

Emeka Okafor had 19 points and 16 rebounds, Vladimir Radmanovic hit three fourth-quarter 3-pointers in his Charlotte debut, and the Bobcats pulled away from the road-weary Los Angeles Clippers for a 94-73 win Monday to snap a five-game losing streak.

Boris Diaw and Raymond Felton added 15 points apiece for the injury-riddled Bobcats, who depended on Radmanovic two days after he was acquired from the Los Angeles Lakers.


Despite not having practiced with his new team, Radmanovic hit two long jumpers in a 15-2 run that broke open a close game. He added another 3 to put Charlotte ahead 88-70 with 4 minutes left.

Zach Randolph had 20 points and 10 rebounds and Eric Gordon scored 17 for the Clippers, who fizzled in the fourth quarter in the finale of a seven-game road trip.


After Baron Davis' jumper cut Charlotte's lead to 67-63, Radmanovic hit a 3 that began the Bobcats' surge. After missing his first two shots – including an air ball – he finished 5-of-10 from the field and was 3-for-5 from 3-point range.

The Clippers had dropped 11 straight on the road before Randolph combined for 60 points in consecutive blowout wins over Memphis and Atlanta. But the Clippers were outscored 27-12 in the fourth quarter, with Randolph getting little help.

Al Thornton shot 3-for-13 and Davis 1-for-7 in his return to Charlotte, where he began his NBA career with the Hornets.

The Bobcats, already missing starters Gerald Wallace (rib, lung) and Raja Bell (groin), were without forward Juwan Howard after his sore toe flared up following Sunday's loss to Miami.


It led to some strange sights, with DeSagana Diop starting at center and Okafor moving to power forward.

Radmanovic, seldom used by the Lakers of late, was traded Saturday for Adam Morrison and Shannon Brown. He became the 23rd player to appear in a game for Charlotte this season late in the first quarter.

Less than a minute later, the small crowd began to stir as Sean May took off his warmups and jogged to the scorer's table. The injury-plagued former first-round pick hadn't played since Dec. 11 because coach Larry Brown wanted him to lose weight.

"Sean May!" one fan near the court shouted in amazement.

May played only seven minutes and didn't score, but Radmanovic recovered from an ugly beginning to help the Bobcats up front.

Radmanovic added four rebounds and Charlotte dominated the board 44-33.

Notes:@ Wallace worked out before the game in a flak jacket. He and Bell are hopeful to return next week after the All-Star break. ... Brown said the Bobcats had no immediate plans to fill their open roster spot. ... Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy said C Chris Kaman, out since November with a foot injury, remains on schedule to return after the All-Star break. ... Dunleavy, at South Carolina, and Brown, at North Carolina, were coached in college by Frank McGuire. "He had a big influence," Dunleavy said.