Mobley, Clippers rout Trail Blazers
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – Cuttino Mobley scored 22 points and the LA
Clippers stayed right in the thick of the playoff chase with a 107-89 rout of
the Portland Trail Blazers.
Elton Brand scored 20 points, and Corey Maggette and Chris Kaman scored 17
points each for the Clippers, who have won two straight after dropping three
in a row, and kept pace with the Golden State Warriors, who topped the Kings
Friday, for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Both
teams moved to within a half game of the Lakers, who sit in the seventh seed.
Brandon Roy scored 18 points for the Trail Blazers, who have dropped four
straight. Travis Outlaw had 14 points for Portland.
The LA lead topped out at 27 points down the stretch as the Clippers cruised
The Clippers closed the third quarter with a 12-4 run that put the game out of
reach. Mobley threw down a dunk in the final seconds to give LA an 80-58 lead
entering the final 12 minutes.
Brand heated up early, scoring 10 in the first quarter as the Clips took a
26-19 lead into the second quarter.
The Clips opened the second quarter with an 8-2 run to open up a 13-point
lead. A Kaman hook closed the stretch, putting LA up 34-21 with 8:35 left.
The Clippers led 50-37 at the break.
LA’s Sam Cassell was ejected late in the fourth quarter for arguing a foul
call…The Clippers won the season series, 3-1, with the Blazers, for just the
third time in 37 years…The Blazers actually made one more field goal than
the Clippers, 35-34, but LA sank 35-of-40 free throw attempts, while Portland