Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 11/4

Game 1: Friday, November 4th
Game 2: Thursday, November 10th

Hawks 77

(0-2, 0-2 away)

Clippers 92

(2-0, 1-0 home)

Coverage: FSS

7:30 PM ET, November 4, 2005

STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, CA

1 2 3 4 T
ATL 15 25 11 2677
LAC 26 30 20 1692

Top Performers

Atlanta: S. Stoudamire 15 Pts, 3 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl

Los Angeles: C. Mobley 19 Pts, 5 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl, 2 Blk

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.

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Team Stat Comparison

Points 77 92
FGM-FGA 24-69 (.348) 34-77 (.442)
3PM-3PA 6-10 (.600) 1-7 (.143)
FTM-FTA 23-34 (.676) 23-34 (.676)
Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 13-40 17-51
Assists 19 18
Turnovers 21 18
Steals 8 10
Blocks 6 11
Fast Break Points 5 9
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 25 (2/0) 27 (0/0)
Largest Lead 1 25

Top Performers

Los Angeles
Salim Stoudamire Stoudamire
Points: 15
Reb: 3
Ast: 2
Stl: 1
Blk: 0
Cuttino Mobley Mobley
Points: 19
Reb: 5
Ast: 2
Stl: 1
Blk: 2