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Mobley leads Clippers to victory, 2-0 start to season

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The game was so lopsided, the Los Angeles
Clippers' starters got to sit and watch about half of it.

Cuttino Mobley scored 19 points and reserve James Singleton had
13 points and 13 rebounds as the Clippers won their home opener
Friday night, 92-77 over the Atlanta Hawks.

Mobley got his points in less than 30 minutes, and so did
Singleton. Another reserve, Chris Wilcox, scored 14 points in 22
minutes, and Sam Cassell and Elton Brand each had 12 points while
playing about half the game.

"I told the guys before the game that if we want to make a
statement, we have to come out and beat teams like this," Mobley
said. "We are at home, and we are a new team. We have guys that
can play, and we just need to go out there and show people that."

They certainly got off to an impressive start.

The Clippers led 20-8 8:41 into the contest, and the Hawks got
no closer the rest of the way.

Los Angeles was up 26-15 by the end of the first quarter, 56-40
at halftime, and 76-51 after three periods, its biggest lead.

Salim Stoudamire topped Atlanta with 15 points, while Zaza
Pachulia had 13 and Joe Johnson 10.

Mobley, who signed a five-year, $42 million free agent deal
during the offseason, led the Clippers to their second win to begin
the season. Behind 35 points by Cassell, another newcomer, they
beat Seattle 101-93 on Wednesday night.

"I like the way that guys are listening," Mobley said. "They
welcomed Sam and me with open arms to help Elton and Corey
(Maggette) lead. We just want to help them get that winning
attitude."

Cassell is pleased, too.

"It has been pleasant. We understand what we need to do," he
said. "We are just playing good basketball, playing together and
playing hard. The trust factor will come in time."

The Hawks are off to an 0-2 start for the third consecutive
year.

"I don't think we came out and established anything early in
the game," Atlanta coach Mike Woodson said. "The Clippers did
about anything they wanted to do.

"Up until now, we had been competing. We just have to continue
to work, go back to practice and work our way through it. We were
so selfish offensively, tonight was a joke."

The Clippers drew a crowd of 16,813 for the opener, some 3,000
short of capacity.

The Hawks shot 35 percent for the game to the Clippers' 44
percent.

The Hawks closed to 28-20 early in the second quarter, but the
Clippers pulled away again.

Game notes
The win was the Clippers' fifth in a row over the Hawks.
Los Angeles swept both games of the series the past two seasons.
... Los Angeles F Maggette sat out his second game with a strained
left hamstring. ... Atlanta's Woodson and assistant Larry Drew both
played for the Clippers from 1986-88. Woodson averaged 17.5 points
his two years in Los Angeles, and Drew averaged 11.2. ... The teams
play again in Atlanta next Thursday, their final meeting of the
season.