Los Angeles (18-17) at Sacramento (23-11)

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  • Game info: 10:00 pm EST Sat Jan 15, 2005
  • TV: KTLA, KXTV
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Cuttino Mobley was surprised when the Orlando Magic traded him on Monday. However, he’s now ready to start his career with the Sacramento Kings.

Mobley hopes to make his debut with the Kings as they host the Los Angeles Clippers.

Mobley and forward Michael Bradley were traded to the Kings for guard Doug Christie. The two did not play in Thursday’s 107-93 win over the Utah Jazz because Christie had not yet passed his physical with the Magic. Christie, who spent five seasons with the Kings, was given an extra day to adjust to the trade.

Despite Christie’s strong defensive play, the Kings were willing to part with him to gain the extra scoring Mobley is expected to provide.

“I’m just going to bring what I do,” Mobley said. “I score, I play a little D, (but) I’m not as good as Doug. Doug is a great defensive player. I respect and admire Doug a lot, so I’m not trying to fill his shoes. I just want to be Cuttino.”

Mobley, expected to become a free agent after this season, averaged 16 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 23 games with the Magic, and has scored 17 points per game over seven seasons. The Kings are scoring 102.2 points per game, the seventh straight year they’re averaged more than 100.

“Everybody knows that they’re the best passers in the league, and they’ve got some of the hardest-working players,” Mobley said.

Mobley will have to adjust to playing without point guard Steve Francis, his teammate since 1999. The two shared the backcourt in Houston before they were traded to Orlando last the summer for Tracy McGrady, who led the league in scoring the last two seasons.

“From playing against him all these years, we know what he can do with the basketball in his hands,” coach Rick Adelman said. “He’s one of those guys that can beat you all by himself if he has an opportunity. It’s going to be exciting to see how he fits into what we’re doing.”

Peja Stojakovic scored 27 points and Chris Webber had 23 points and 15 rebounds Thursday for the Kings, winners of six of eight. Greg Ostertag lost several teeth when he was elbowed by Utah’s Curtis Borchardt, and Maurice Evans sustained a mild concussion.

Ostertag returned to watch the second half after receiving stitches in his upper lip even though his bridge was dislodged from his upper teeth. Evans, who was fouled hard by Matt Harpring in the final minutes and received 12 stitches, is uncertain for this game.

“It’s not the first time I’ve seen something like that happen against Utah,” said Sacramento’s Brad Miller, who scored 21 points. “That’s how they play, and when you’re playing amongst grown men, that’s how we play. You’re going to have stitches here, stitches there. It’s all part of the game.”

Eddie House started in just his second game with the Kings in place of his brother-in-law Mike Bibby, who was out with a sprained ankle. House, who scored six points, was signed by the Kings on Jan. 7.

The Clippers beat the Eastern Conference-leading Miami Heat 114-112 in double-overtime on Friday. Corey Maggette hit a game-winning jumper with .5 seconds left for Los Angeles, which has won five of seven.

Elton Brand scored 29 points for the Clippers, and Maggette added 26.

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