Acquired last week in a trade that sent Doug Christie to
Orlando, Mobley hit a 3-pointer with 59.6 seconds left to help the
Kings beat the Los Angeles Clippers 89-93 on Monday. Mobley
finished with 19 points in his second game with Sacramento.
"He gives us another option out there that's going to really
help us," Kings coach Rick Adelman said. "We felt that we needed
to make a change, and we had a chance to get a proven scorer who
was younger than Doug was."
Sacramento, the second-highest scoring team in the league, went
more than 4½ minutes without a field goal before Brad Miller's
layup and a hook shot by Peja Stojakovic tied it at 79 with 3:45 to
Elton Brand hit a short hook shot to give the Clippers their
last lead, 83-82, with 1:16 left. But Mobley connected from the
right sideline, putting the Kings ahead to stay.
"Chris found me across the court, and it was big for him to
look over to me instead of taking the shot himself," Mobley said.
"He trusted me enough, and that's what it's all about with our
team. I'm having fun, man. I'm loving it. I'm just trying to do
what they want me to do out there, and that's score and give us
Mobley and Mike Bibby each added a pair of free throws in the
final 36 seconds. The Kings, who also beat the Clippers on Martin
Luther King Jr. Day last season at Staples Center, have won the
last seven meetings -- including Saturday night's 99-95 victory in
Sacramento. The Kings have won four straight overall and eight of
Brand had 24 points and 10 rebounds for Los Angeles. Second-year
center Chris Kaman, who scored a career-high 23 points on Saturday,
tied a career high with 15 rebounds and had 18 points.
But Clippers leading scorer Corey Maggette shot 2-for-17 and had
just 10 points. He missed seven of his first eight attempts,
including a 21-foot airball from the right baseline with 3:26 left
in the first.
Maggette missed at least 10 shots for the ninth time this
season. The Clippers are 1-8 in those games, including Friday
night's win over Miami, when Maggette hit a game-winning
buzzer-beater in double overtime to finish 8-for-22.
"I didn't play well and I hurt the team," said Maggette, who
shot 6-for-30 in the home-and-home set with Sacramento. "I was
getting good looks, but it was just like an iron lid on the rim.
You go through those nights where you're not shooting the ball
well, but throughout all that, we still had an opportunity to win
Bobby Simmons, averaging 18 points in his previous six games,
picked up two fouls in the first 3:10 and had only 12 points in 29
Injury-plagued guard Kerry Kittles, who replaced Simmons at
small forward after the second foul, left the game with 10:06 left
in the second quarter because of a groin strain. Kittles, who
joined the Clippers in an offseason trade with New Jersey, already
has missed 26 games because of knee and back ailments.
"I hurt it a couple of games ago and just re-aggravated it
today," Kittles said. "I would say it's doubtful for the next
Miller, who fouled out Saturday for the third time this season,
got a technical foul from referee Michael Smith after a slam dunk
by Brand with 7:56 left in the third. Simmons converted the ensuing
free throw, then hit a 19-footer before Brand put the Clippers
ahead 58-55 with a layup and an 18-footer.
The Kings temporarily became unglued after Miller's third foul
resulted in a three-point play by Simmons, and Rick Brunson
intercepted a pass by Miller that led to a hook shot by Brand that
extended the Clippers' margin to 63-55 with 4:29 left in the third.
But Webber's 3-pointer put Sacramento back in front, 66-65 with 40
seconds left in the period.
"Record-wise, that's one of the best teams in the NBA, so we
can always take it as a positive that we played them well. But we
want to get the victories," Brand said. "It was very
disappointing, especially the way these two games ended. We had a
shot in both of them."
Bibby and Mobley drained 3-pointers and Webber hit a pair of
20-footers during a 14-0 run that helped Sacramento build a 30-17
lead through one quarter. The Clippers trailed by as many as 14
points early in the second before narrowing the gap to 46-43 by
Among the crowd of 17,139 was Bibby's father, Henry, who
was fired as Southern California's basketball coach on Dec. 6. ...
Mikki Moore missed his second straight game because of a sprained