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Mobley helps Clippers end five-game slide

Nov 30, 2006 - 6:20 AM LOS ANGELES (Ticker) -- Cuttino Mobley and the Los Angeles Clippers were glad the Memphis Grizzlies came calling.

Mobley scored 22 of his 24 points before halftime and Elton Brand added 20 and nine rebounds as the Clippers snapped a five-game losing streak with a 105-90 triumph over the Grizzlies.

A nine-year veteran, Mobley made 11-of-17 shots and pulled down seven rebounds.

"I just wanted to come out aggressive. I wanted to get good shots and make them," Mobley said. "We needed a W. Going out there aggressive is what I am supposed to do."

"Cuttino was great. That's the way this team runs," Brand said. "If someone gets hot, we try and feed them the ball as much as we can. He executed well."

Behind Mobley's big first half, the Clippers opened a 64-49 advantage at the break. His 19-footer capped a 12-5 surge to begin the second half, pushing the lead to 76-54 at the 7:18 mark.

"Cat (Mobley) had the hot hand, so we just tried to stay with it," Los Angeles coach Mike Dunleavy said. "He did a great job getting on the defender and made some huge jumpers."

In the fourth quarter, Corey Maggette and Brand converted back-to-back layups as the Clippers rebuilt the lead to 91-78 with 8:26 remaining. They coasted thereafter.

"It was great to snap the losing streak," Brand said. "We executed and played good defense and got off to a great start."

Maggette scored 12 points and Sam Cassell added 10 and seven assists for the Clippers, who shot 52 percent (37-of-70) and improved to 7-1 at home.

"Obviously, we have done well at home. We've done well here the last couple of years," Dunleavy said. "The fans are terrific and give the home team a lot of adrenaline and that extra push when needed. The players are comfortable in those surroundings."

Hakim Warrick scored 22 points and rookie Rudy Gay added 15 for Memphis (4-11), which shot 45 percent (33-of-73) and failed in its bid to win consecutive games for the first time this season.

"We made a couple of runs to get it to nine, but each time we got there, we made poor decisions with the basketball," Memphis coach Mike Fratello said. "I give the Clippers credit, they shot the ball extremely well. But a lot of times when they shot the ball, there was nobody guarding them."

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