Mobley scored 13 points and blocked four shots in his Kings
debut. Mobley, acquired from Orlando for Doug Christie on Monday,
struggled in the opening half, but played well in the final two
quarters. His driving layup with 1:39 left put the Kings ahead
"I wasn't nervous, basketball is basketball, you just come out
there and try to do something," said Mobley, who missed several
open shots in the first half when he was 2-of-7.
The only practice Mobley had before the game was at Saturday's
shootaround. Kings coach Rick Adelman thought Mobley might have
been pressing a bit.
"You can see the shots he got tonight and the things we ran for
him," Adelman said. "He got a lot of open looks and I think he
was really trying hard."
The Clippers twice cut the lead to two in the final 8.8 seconds,
but Stojakovic made two free throws each time, with the final pair
putting the Kings ahead 99-95 with 3.3 seconds left.
Clippers leading scorer Corey Maggette had just 14 points, but
five came in the final 8.8 seconds, each time pulling Los Angeles
within two points of Sacramento.
"To play a solid game like that, we can take some positives out
of this," Elton Brand said. "We thought we might have had this
one up one (point) at the half."
It was Sacramento's sixth straight victory over the Clippers and
13th straight at Arco Arena, where Los Angeles hasn't won since
Nov. 7, 1997.
Webber went one-on-one with Brand all game, and Webber held the
edge. He consistently hit medium-range jumpers, made several
driving shots with his left hand in converting 16-of-25 of field
goals and also added six assists.
"When he is stroking it like that, he's a monster," Clippers
coach Mike Dunleavy said of Webber.
Playing more of the power game, Brand was tough to stop down
low, getting 25 points and 14 rebounds. Also effective inside,
Chris Kaman had a career-high 23 points, while Bobby Simmons added
15 points and 11 rebounds.
"I love battling against E.B.," Webber said. "He played great
and the tough thing about him is if you help (on another player),
he's going to score, so you are in a dilemma."
The Clippers were coming off two of their biggest wins of the
season, a victory against Seattle earlier in the week and Friday's
double-overtime win against Miami.
Shooting primarily from the perimeter, Stojakovic had 11 points
and Webber added 10 as Sacramento outscored the Clippers 30-21 in
the third quarter and took a 77-69 lead.
Among the players in attendance from the Kings' first
season in Sacramento (1985-86) were Joe Kleine, Otis Thorpe, Rich
Kelley, LaSalle Thompson and Carl Henry. ... The Clippers
outrebounded Sacramento 56-37. ... Maggette, who beat
Miami with a clutch shot in the second overtime, struggled all
game, shooting 4-for-13. ... After missing the previous game with a
sprained ankle, Kings point guard Mike Bibby scored a season-low
three points, but had eight assists.