Mobley, Clippers rout Hawks
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – Cuttino Mobley led all scorers with 19
points to lead the Los Angeles Clippers over the Atlanta Hawks, 92-77, at
James Singleton had a double-double with 13 points and 13 rebounds off the
bench and Elton Brand had 12 points, nine rebounds, and four assists for the
Clippers, who have won their first two games of the season.
“I was pleased with our effort tonight, especially blocking shots,” said
Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy. “We did what we needed to do. We had good play
from our bench. (Chris) Wilcox and Singleton had good performances.”
Salim Stoudamire had 15 points, shooting 3-for-4 from three-point range, and
Zaza Pachulia added 13 points and seven rebounds for the Hawks, who have lost
two in a row.
The Clippers dominated play in the first quarter and, thanks to 18 percent
shooting by the Hawks, were up 26-15 at the end of the first 12 minutes.
A 15-3 run by Los Angeles in the first was highlighted by a Brand slam with
6:45 remaining in the quarter.
Atlanta got its offense going in the second quarter, but was unable to make an
extended run to get close to Los Angeles.
After Joe Johnson nailed a three-pointer to cut the Clippers lead to nine
points, but back-to-back jumpers by Daniel Ewing and Sam Cassell gave the
Clippers a 13-point lead with 3:10 left in the second.
The Clippers took a 56-40 lead into the locker room. They outrebounded the
Hawks 28-20 and shot 48 percent with 32 points in the paint.
Cassell led all scorers at the half with 12 points.
Los Angeles continued to dominate play in the third. Atlanta had cut the
Clippers lead to 18 points, but Chris Kaman blocked a slam attempt by Marvin
Williams and on the transition Mobley hit a three-pointer to make it 67-46
with 5:32 left in the third quarter. Mobley had nine points in the third
The Clippers went into the last quarter with their largest lead of the night,
Atlanta got to within 17 points when Stoudamire and Josh Childress both
hit three-pointers to cut the Los Angeles lead to 86-69 with 6:09 left. With
the score 88-71, both teams exchanged several missed baskets and Atlanta made
it a 13-point game with a pair of field goals by Royal Ivey, but were unable
to get any closer and Los Angeles left the building with a 92-77 victory.
Los Angeles has won five straight games over Atlanta…The Clippers have won
five in a row going back to last season…Los Angeles had a 26-7 margin in
second chance points…The Clippers will host Minnesota on Saturday…Atlanta
will play in Portland on Saturday…Los Angeles forward Corey Maggette sat out
his second game with a strained left hamstring.