Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 10/12

Game 1: Wednesday, October 12th
Game 2: Sunday, October 23rd

Mavericks 80

(1-1, 1-1 away)

Clippers 95

(1-0, 1-0 home)

    7:30 PM ET, October 12, 2005

    STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, CA

    1 2 3 4 T
    DAL 27 16 12 2580
    LAC 25 27 28 1595

    Cassell, Mobley lead Clippers to victory

    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 Mavericks.

    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 hamstring.

    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 strain.

    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.

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