Mobley, Clippers rout Nuggets in LA
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – Cuttino Mobley led six Clippers in double
figures with 19 points in a 112-79 rout of the Nuggets, as Los Angeles posted
its season-high fifth straight victory.
Elton Brand totaled 17 points, eight rebounds and eight assists for the
Clippers, who completed a home-and-home sweep of Denver. Sam Cassell also had
17 points for the Clippers, who had beaten the Nuggets, 105-87, on Friday in
Denver. Chris Kaman chipped in 11 points and 15 rebounds.
“It’s a hell of a two-game sweep,” Clippers head coach Mike Dunleavy said. “We
got two tremendous defensive efforts from our guys. I could not be more
impressed at how our guys responded.”
Carmelo Anthony had 16 points for Denver, which has dropped back-to-back
contests following a seven-game victory surge. Kenyon Martin added 13 points
and Andre Miller scored 10 for Denver, which struggled by shooting 39.5
percent, including 5-of-17 from three-point range.
The Clippers led by as many as 10 points in the opening quarter and settled
for a 28-23 edge after 12 minutes.
LA blew the game open with a huge run in the second. Marcus Camby’s dunk had
Denver within 30-27, but the Clippers scored the next 14 points. Mobley
drained a three-pointer and Daniel Ewing threw down a dunk for a 39-27 lead
with 8:56 left until halftime. A Kaman free throw capped the rally with 6:40
remaining until the break and LA was ahead 59-41 at halftime.
The Clippers continued to pour it on in the third, building an 86-58 cushion
going into the fourth. LA led by as many as 39, as James Singleton’s alley-oop
jam off a feed from Ewing made it 102-63 with 6:50 remaining.
Shaun Livingston had 12 points and Singleton scored 10 for the Clippers.
The Clippers are 8-2 against the Northwest Division, including 4-0 at
home…LA held a 44-31 advantage on the glass.