Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series starts 11/20

Game 1: Sunday, November 20th
Game 2: Sunday, January 22nd
Game 3: Monday, January 23rd
Game 4: Wednesday, February 15th

Warriors 92

(19-20, 8-10 away)

Clippers 105

(21-16, 14-7 home)

    Coverage: FSPI

    12:30 PM ET, January 22, 2006

    STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, CA

    1 2 3 4 T
    GS 27 25 19 2192
    LAC 37 26 20 22105

    Top Performers

    GS: B. Davis 22 Pts, 4 Reb, 5 Ast, 4 Stl

    LAC: C. Mobley 22 Pts, 6 Reb, 9 Ast, 2 Stl

    Clippers win sixth straight over Warriors

    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Cuttino Mobley was playing tentatively in recent weeks because of the pressure he's felt since switching from shooting guard to small forward after Corey Maggette's foot injury.

    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 State Warriors.

    "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 my defense."

    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 play.

    "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 remaining.

    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 to beat."

    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 points.

    "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 one rebound.

    "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."

    Game notes

    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.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 92 105
    FGM-FGA 29-71 (.408) 42-90 (.467)
    3PM-3PA 8-20 (.400) 3-8 (.375)
    FTM-FTA 26-31 (.839) 18-20 (.900)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 3-27 14-49
    Assists 16 26
    Turnovers 15 18
    Steals 8 7
    Blocks 3 7
    Fast Break Points 11 9
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 18 (1/0) 22 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 2 24

    Top Performers

    Golden State
    Los Angeles
    Baron Davis Davis
    Points: 22
    Reb: 4
    Ast: 5
    Stl: 4
    Blk: 0
    Cuttino Mobley Mobley
    Points: 22
    Reb: 6
    Ast: 9
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0