Mobley Propels Clippers to 3-0 Start
L.A. Clippers 100, Minnesota 99 (OT)
LOS ANGELES, Nov. 5 (Ticker) -- Cuttino Mobley will be able to tell his grandchildren one day that he helped the Los Angeles Clippers get off to a 3-0 start.
Mobley scored 27 points and grabbed a career-high 12 rebounds as the Clippers recorded a thrilling 100-99 overtime victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves.
The Clippers' latest victory certainly did not come easily, however, as the teams traded baskets numerous times in the final minutes of regulation and overtime.
Marko Jaric, who was traded from Los Angeles to Minnesota this summer for veteran point guard Sam Cassell, made a running layup to give the Timberwolves a 97-95 lead with 2:01 remaining in overtime. It was Minnesota's only lead of the game and did not last long.
Mobley, who made 10-of-22 shots, answered by crossing over Jaric on the perimeter and throwing down a thunderous dunk over Eddie Griffin to tie it at 97-97.
Quinton Ross drilled a jumper on the Clippers' next possession and Mobley added a free throw to give Los Angeles a 100-97 lead with 41 seconds left.
But Minnesota's Troy Hudson, who scored 21 points off the bench, answered with a running bank shot to create a one-point game.
After a miss by Mobley, Timberwolves star forward Kevin Garnett had a chance to win the game, but his short jumper rimmed out in the final seconds and Griffin's follow shot missed as well.
Garnett led Minnesota with 25 points and 15 rebounds. Michael Olowokandi added 13 points and Anthony Carter 11 off the bench for the Wolves, who outscored the Clippers, 24-15, in the fourth quarter to force the extra session.
Cassell had a chance to beat his former team at the end of regulation but missed a scoop shot in the lane as the buzzer sounded. He finished with 12 points on 5-of-19 shooting.