D.J. Augustin scored a career-high 29 points while outplaying fellow rookie point guard Derrick Rose, and the undermanned Charlotte Bobcats ended a seven-game losing streak with a 110-101 overtime victory over the visiting Chicago Bulls last night.
Augustin forced overtime by hitting three free throws with 19 seconds left after Rose fouled him on a three-point attempt. Augustin put it away with four more from the line in the final 42 seconds of overtime, giving Charlotte, which played most of the game without two starters, an unlikely win.
Ben Gordon scored 25 points for the Bulls, who dropped to 3-10 on the road and failed to reach .500 for the first time in a month.
The Bobcats played for the fourth time in six games without leading scorer Gerald Wallace, whose father and grandmother have died this month. Wallace is expected to rejoin the team Friday at Memphis after his father's funeral.
Then starting shooting guard Raja Bell was ejected late in the first quarter for abusive comments directed at referee Eli Roe. So Charlotte went small, with point guards Raymond Felton and Augustin playing together. They led a 20-6 third-quarter run that put the Bobcats up 65-59 on Matt Carroll's three-pointer.
Clippers 98, Thunder 88:: Zach Randolph had 22 points and 13 rebounds for his fourth straight double double, and rookie Eric Gordon fueled a 10-point run in the fourth quarter as visiting Los Angeles won its third straight. Kevin Durant led Oklahoma City with 23 points.
Hornets 91, Grizzlies 84: : Chris Paul had 18 points, nine assists and five steals - tying the NBA record for most consecutive games with a steal at 105 - and visiting New Orleans (14-7) ended Memphis' four-game winning streak. Rudy Gay (Archbishop Spalding) paced the Grizzlies (9-16) with 28 points.
Rockets 108, Nuggets 96: : Tracy McGrady notched his fourth career triple double and first this season and Yao Ming scored 32 points for host Houston (16-9). McGrady had 20 points and reached season highs in rebounds (14) and assists (10) for his first triple double since last December. Denver fell to 17-8.
Kings 118, Timberwolves 103: : Francisco Garcia scored 21 points and host Sacramento (7-18) beat Minnesota (4-20) in the Kings' first game under interim coach Kenny Natt, who replaced Reggie Theus, fired earlier in the day. The Timberwolves lost their 10th straight.
Off the court
Pistons: : Guard Allen Iverson was fined $25,000 by the NBA for making inappropriate comments toward a fan. Iverson made the remarks in Charlotte in the third quarter of the Pistons' 90-86 victory over the Bobcats on Saturday.
Celtics: : Paul Pierce plans to test his injured left knee at the team's shoot-around before its game in Atlanta tonight.
Cavaliers: : The nonprofit organization launched by Cleveland star LeBron James is cutting its staff and some of its charitable work. The LeBron James Family Foundation will produce its annual King for Kids Bikeathon in June with consultants instead of staff.