Mobley helps Clippers down Blazers
Portland, OR (Sports Network) – Cuttino Mobley scored 25 points and Elton
Brand had 21 as the Los Angeles Clippers easily defeated the Portland Trail
Quinton Ross scored 17 points and Jason Hart had 14 points and eight rebounds
for the Clippers, who moved into a tie with Denver for the seventh seed in the
Western Conference. LA also moved two games ahead of the ninth-seeded Golden
Clippers guard Sam Cassell left the game in the second quarter with back
spasms and did not return.
Brandon Roy scored 23 points and Raef LaFrentz added 15 off the bench for the
Trail Blazers, who have lost four in a row.
Portland forward LaMarcus Aldridge left the game in the first quarter with
dizziness and was taken to a local hospital.
Holding a 21-16 lead with 3 1/2 minutes left in the first quarter, the
Clippers closed the quarter out on a 17-2 spurt, capped by Mobley’s three at
the buzzer, to grab a 38-18 advantage. LA built on its lead in the second
quarter and carried a 65-39 lead into the locker room.
Portland showed some life in the second half, scoring the last 10 points of
the third quarter to pull within 83-66. A Travis Outlaw jumper brought the
Trail Blazers within 13 early in the fourth quarter, but Portland was unable
to seriously threaten LA down the stretch.
Tim Thomas scored 13 points off the bench for LA, while Chris Kaman had nine
points, 10 rebounds and a career-high seven assists…Outlaw and Jamaal
Magloire each scored 13 points for Portland.