Mobley, Clippers Sail Past Hawks
L.A. Clippers 92, Atlanta 77
LOS ANGELES, Nov. 4 (Ticker) -- After opening their season with a come-from-behind victory, Cuttino Mobley and the Los Angeles Clippers ensured a comeback would not be necessary against the Atlanta Hawks.
Mobley scored 19 points and Chris Wilcox added 14 off the bench as the Clippers cruised to a 92-77 triumph over the Hawks.
The Clippers clearly rode the momentum into Friday as they jumped on the Hawks from the start en route to their third straight victory in a home opener and fifth straight over Atlanta.
Signed as a free agent this summer to provide outside shooting and veteran leadership, Mobley keyed a 7-0 run late in the second quarter that turned a nine-point lead into a 52-36 bulge.
"I like that the guys listen," Mobley said of his new Clippers teammates. "They've welcomed Sam and I with open arms to help out on the court. We just want to come in here and help get the winning attitude. You can't get on your high horse. I told the guys before the game, if you want to make a statement, you have to beat teams like this and that's with no disrespect to the other team."
Mobley, who had four points in the key burst, finished 6-of-10 from the field. He added five rebounds, five assists, two blocks and a steal in 30 minutes.
"We are a new team," Mobley said. "We have a lot of guys that can play. Now we have to go out there and prove ourselves. Our chemistry is still working. I would give it a four or five on a scale of 10. It can get a lot better. It's getting there. It's about talking to each other. More practice. More on and off the court communication and then we'll be tough."
Wilcox, who made 7-of-8 shots and added six rebounds, wasn't the only reserve to give the Clippers a boost. Rookie James Singleton collected 13 points and 13 rebounds for his second double-double in as many games.
"We all have roles," Wilcox said. "And it's my role to come off the bench, execute plays and give the team a lift. I just try to get into the excitement and hopefully the players will roll off of that."
Rookie Salim Stoudamire led Atlanta with 15 points and Joe Johnson collected 10 and seven assists for the Hawks, who outscored the Clippers by 10 points in the fourth quarter to make the final score respectable.
"I don't think we came out and established anything early in the game," Hawks 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. We'll just have to go back to practice and work our way through it."
Meanwhile, Atlanta's hot shooting has not carried over from the preseason. The Hawks led the NBA at 48.8 percent in exhibition games, but made just 24-of-69 shots Friday in Golden State and are shooting less than 39 percent through the first two games.
"We were so selfish offensively tonight, it was a joke," Woodson said. "That is something I just don't want to see on this team. I've got to go back and we've got to correct that. There is no question about it. We just didn't play well together."