Los Angeles looks to post its best home record since moving to Staples Center, while Utah hopes to pick up a rare road win when the teams conclude their season series.
The Clippers have a 25-14 home mark with two games at Staples remaining. Previously, their best home mark in five years at Staples Center was 25-16 in the 2001-02 season.
Los Angeles had a chance Saturday to pick up its 26th win at the arena, but lost 125-124 in double overtime to San Antonio.
Robert Horry made a 3-pointer with 22.2 seconds remaining in the second extra period for the Spurs, then preserved the victory by blocking Mikki Moore’s dunk attempt in the final seconds. Los Angeles suffered its sixth loss in eight games.
Shaun Livingston, a rookie who scored a career high 18 points, had given the Clippers a 124-122 lead by making a layup with 32.4 seconds to play.
“I thought he was terrific,” Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy said of Livingston, the fourth overall pick in last year’s draft. “His decision making was just super. As far as making plays and scoring on the basket, he has such great poise for being a young kid. I think he took himself another step further with his game tonight as far as showing that leadership ability.”
Utah beat the New Orleans Hornets 98-87 on Friday to snap an eight-game road losing streak, but fell 88-81 in Dallas the next night to drop to 8-30 away from home this season.
That mark is the Jazz’s worst on the road since they went 9-32 in 1982-83.
Kris Humphries scored 15 points Saturday to pace injury-riddled Utah, which was without Andrei Kirilenko (broken wrist), Carlos Boozer (strained foot), Raja Bell (bruised shin) and Curtis Borchardt (knee tendinitis).
“It’s not good enough just to be in the game,” Humphries said. “We want to win. We put ourselves in a good position and competed hard, but it’s still an ‘L’ in the paper.”
Mehmet Okur added 14 points for the Jazz, losers of 15 of their last 19.