Los Angeles (18-23) at Utah (21-22)

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  • Game info: 9:00 pm EST Mon Jan 26, 2004
  • TV: FSW2
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A visit from the Los Angeles Clippers may be just what the Utah Jazz need to get back to .500 and avoid their worst losing streak in four years.

Utah, which fell below .500 for the first time this season with a 93-86 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday, is 24-1 all-time against the Clippers at the Delta Center.

The Jazz did lose the most recent matchup between the teams—93-82 on Friday in Los Angeles—but the Clippers are just 4-12 on the road this season.

Having lost five straight heading into this contest, Utah is hoping to avert its longest slide since dropping six in a row from Jan. 26-Feb. 4, 2000.

The Jazz have been hit hard by injuries, dressing just 10 players Saturday. Already without Matt Harpring for the rest of the season due to a knee injury, leading scorer Andrei Kirilenko missed his fourth straight game Saturday with a sprained ankle. His status for Monday’s game is uncertain.

“It’s tough to deal with the injuries, but you have to play with what you’ve got,” said Utah guard Carlos Arroyo, who has had 16 points and six assists in each of the last two games.

The Clippers lost 102-97 to the Seattle SuperSonics on Saturday after winning their previous two.

“I feel decent, I feel good about who we are and where we’re going,” Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy said. “I think we’re getting better. I think we’re on the rise. But it’s still too many losses for me. You’ve got to get to where you can play .500 or better. That’s a big step in this league for young teams.”

The Clippers got 26 points and 16 rebounds from Elton Brand, 25 points and 10 rebounds from Corey Maggette and 22 points from Quentin Richardson.

Richardson is averaging 25.3 points in his last three games.

Los Angeles has begun a stretch in which it will play the majority of its games on the road over the next three weeks. Nine of the Clippers’ 10 games before the All-Star break are away from home.

STANDINGS (through Jan. 24): Clippers - 4th place, 12 GB, Pacific Division. Jazz - 7th place, 9 GB, Midwest Division.

PROBABLE STARTERS: Clippers - F Brand, F Maggette, C Chris Kaman, G Marko Jaric, G Richardson. Jazz - F Raja Bell, F Michael Ruffin, C Greg Ostertag, G Arroyo, G DeShawn Stevenson.

TEAM LEADERS: Clippers - Maggette, 20.3 ppg; Brand, 12.2 rpg; Jaric, 4.4 apg. Jazz - Kirilenko, 16.3 ppg; Ostertag, 8.4 rpg; Arroyo, 5.4 apg.


LAST MEETING: Friday; Clippers, 93-82. At Los Angeles, Richardson scored 15 of his 29 points in the first quarter and Brand had 20 points.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Clippers - 4-12 on the road; Jazz - 17-6 at home.

INJURIES: Clippers - F Bobby Simmons (hip); C Olden Polynice (neck); C Josh Moore (back). Jazz - F Ben Handlogten (knee); C Curtis Borchardt (wrist); F Keon Clark (ankle); F Kirilenko (ankle); F Harpring (knee).

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