Notes from Sunday's games in the National Basketball Association ...
• Hush Hush, Sweet Charlotte. We can't help it: When we think Charlotte Bobcats, we think struggling Arena Football League franchise, or possibly a single-A baseball team with an upcoming Mrs. Paul's Frozen Fishsticks Giveaway Night. But then we are reminded that they are indeed an NBA team. The Pistons were reminded of that also on Sunday, losing to Charlotte 97-88, breaking their eight-game win streak. Emeka Okafor had 18 points and eight rebounds, and Sean May scored 17 points for Charlotte.
• You've Been Branded. When Elton Brand is motivated, the Clippers are hard to beat. Bouncing back from a decisive loss to the Lakers on Saturday, Brand's 31 points led the Clippers over the Magic 116-91.
• No Jail Can Hold AI. This is what got Kramer in trouble. But Ricky Davis fought off courtside hecklers — Philly courtside hecklers, the gentlest kind — with 22 points to lead the Timberwolves to a 95-84 win over Philadelphia. Allen Iverson, fined last week for skipping a bowling event, led the Sixers with 26 points
• Hawks Forever. Meanwhile, the Hawks beat the Trail Blazers in Portland, 107-96, meaning that dogs and cats ate surely sleeping together somewhere. Atlanta's losing streak at the Rose Garden had dated to 2002.