LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Sam Cassell scored 16 points and Cuttino
Mobley added 12 in their first game with the Los Angeles Clippers,
who breezed to a 95-80 victory Wednesday night over the Dallas
Walter McCarty scored 10 of his 11 points in the first half for
the Clippers, who are trying to end an eight-year playoff drought
after going 37-45 in 2004-05. Corey Maggette, the team's leading
scorer last season with a career-high 22.2-point average, had nine
points in 20 minutes while playing on a slightly strained
Power forward Elton Brand didn't play for Los Angeles because of
a bruised left thigh. Point guard Shaun Livingston, limited to just
30 games last season as a rookie because of injuries to his right
knee and right shoulder, also sat out because of a lower back
Josh Powell had 14 points and nine rebounds for the Mavericks,
whose 58 victories last season were the most in franchise history.
They started a frontcourt of Powell, center DeSagana Diop and
forward Josh Howard against the Clippers, while Dirk Nowitzki and
Jerry Stackhouse got the night off. Keith Van Horn also was in
street clothes because of an injured thumb.
Cassell made a pair of medium-range jumpers and Mobley hit a
3-pointer during a 13-0 run that opened the second half and
extended the Clippers' 52-43 halftime lead to 65-43 with 7:13 left
in the third quarter. They took their biggest lead, 80-52, on
Cassell's 17-footer with 44 seconds left in the period. Dallas got
as close as 91-78 on a dunk by Kaniel Dickens with 1:55 remaining.