After some prodding from teammate and longtime friend Sam
Cassell, the eight-year veteran has gone back to the style that
made him so successful in the first place.
Mobley had 22 points and a season-high nine assists for the Los
Angeles Clippers on Sunday in a 105-92 victory over the Golden
"Sam called me last night and said, 'We need for you to come
hard.' And from now on, that's what I'm going to do from the
beginning of the game," Mobley said. "Whether I'm shooting
12-for-15 or 7-for-19, I'm coming out hard every single night.
Sometimes I've been trying to let the offense come to me because of
Cassell scored 21 points for the Clippers, who outrebounded the
Warriors 49-27 with 15 boards apiece from Chris Kaman and Elton
Brand. Kaman also had 17 points and four blocked shots.
The Clippers have beaten Golden State six straight times, tying
their longest winning streak ever against the Warriors. They also
won six in a row against them from Nov. 16, 1978, through Jan. 11,
1980, when the Clippers were based in San Diego. Golden State has
lost 11 of its last 14 games to the Clippers in Los Angeles.
"They pound us on the boards every time they play us," point
guard Baron Davis said. "If we can do a better job of rebounding
the basketball and close that rebounding gap, we'll be all right."
Jason Richardson scored 23 points for the Warriors, who got 22
points from Davis -- but only five assists. Davis missed Friday's
99-79 victory over Cleveland because of a one-game suspension
following an incident with Seattle's Luke Ridnour.
Los Angeles had six players in double-figure scoring with 5:41
left in the third quarter, after Quinton Ross' three-point play
helped increase the Clippers' 11-point halftime margin to 76-58.
The Warriors got as close as 83-71 after Davis scored the last
five points of the quarter, but the Clippers opened the fourth with
a 12-0 run that opened a commanding 95-71 lead with 9 minutes to
"We didn't really do a good job of shutting down anybody
today," Davis said.
Golden State forward Mike Dunleavy Jr., the son of the Clippers'
head coach, was assessed a technical foul by referee Tony Brothers
during the Clippers' run after complaining about a foul that was
called against him. The Warriors narrowed the gap to 97-87 with a
16-2 spurt capped by back-to-back 3-pointers by Richardson, two
free throws by Derek Fisher and a layup by Davis with 4:12
But Mobley helped clinch it with a pair of free throws and a
17-foot jumper in the final 3:36.
"He's had some ups and downs, but it's a long season," Cassell
said. "When I talked to him last night, I told him, `You need to
be you, man. We need you to be assertive and be the Cuttino Mobley
that I know you are.'
"Today he got the same shots that he did in the previous games
-- he just made them this time. And when he does, we're a tough team
The Clippers matched their highest-scoring first half of the
season, shooting 55 percent from the field and outrebounding the
Warriors 23-13 en route to a 63-52 lead. Reserve forward Chris
Wilcox made his last six shots of the half and finished with 16
"If they want to double-team, that's OK because we've got guys
who can score all over the place," said Brand, who was held to 12
points. "Wilcox gave us a great spark off the bench, and that's
what we look for him to do every night. We have a lot of confidence
in him because of what he does in practice. And when he plays like
this, it really helps us out a lot."
Clippers backup center Zeljko Rebraca returned to the court for
the first time since Nov. 23, after an irregular heartbeat forced
him to miss 25 games. He played 5 minutes, getting two points and
"It was positive for us," Dunleavy Sr. said of Rebraca's
return. "He takes up space in the paint, he's a good rebounder and
a good low-post player. Today we were going to play him short
minutes just to get his feet wet."
Rebraca missed 50 games with an irregular heartbeat during
the 2002-03 season with Detroit. ... Andris Biedrins, the first
player off the Warriors' bench, picked up three fouls in his first
89 seconds on the court. He then shot an airball on a free throw
with 2:09 left in the third quarter. ... Golden State committed 15
turnovers. The Warriors came in averaging 13.2, the second-fewest
in the NBA. The Clippers came in averaging 12.3 forced turnovers,
the fewest in the league. ... Dunleavy Jr. had nine points in 34
minutes, ending his career-best streak of double-digit games at
seven. ... Dunleavy Sr. is 8-2 when coaching against his son.