Clippers 107, Jazz 94By The Sports Xchange | The SportsXchange – Sun, Feb 24, 2013 1:20 AM EST
LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Clippers used a 14-0 spurt at the start of the second half to take control against the Utah Jazz in a 107-94 win on Saturday night at Staples Center, Two quarters into the matchup, it appeared the Clippers were still seeing visions -- nightmares? -- of Tony Parker and Tim Duncan, whose San Antonio Spurs handed Los Angeles a season-worst 26-point loss on Thursday night. The Clippers led the Jazz by as many as 11 points but managed just a 51-49 lead at the half. Blake Griffin was limited to six points and three rebounds at halftime, and Utah power forward Paul Millsap had 17 points on 8-of-9 shooting from the field. But the Clippers blitzed the Jazz with a 19-2 run to start the third quarter as Griffin and Caron Butler took over. Griffin had 10 points during the surge, including back-to-back three-point plays, and finished with 12 points in the quarter. Butler added 11, including 4-of-4 free throws for Los Angeles, which outscored Utah 36-20 in the third quarter. With the win, the Clippers swept the season series from the Jazz for the first time since 1978-79. Butler had 21 points to lead the Clippers and Griffin finished with 18 points and seven rebounds. Chris Paul added 11 points, seven assists and seven rebounds. Lamar Odom scored 18 points off the bench, his highest output in more than a year. DeAndre Jordan contributed 12 rebounds and seven points. Led by Odom, the Clippers had an impressive 42 points off the bench. Utah's reserves were even more impressive, scoring 57, but the points were needed to offset the starters' struggles. Randy Foye, Jamaal Tinsley and Marvin Williams went scoreless and were a combined 0 of 9 from the field. Gordon Hayward had 23 points and eight rebounds off the bench to lead Utah. Millsap finished with 19 points, Al Jefferson with 16, Enes Kanter with 15 and Alex Burks with 12 points and six rebounds. NOTES: Utah's Mo Williams (right thumb rehab) and Raja Bell (not with team) missed the game. Bell has not played this season and could be dealt even though the trade deadline has passed. ... The Clippers won their first two games against Utah this season by a combined three points. Los Angeles then bounced back from a 19-point deficit to beat the Jazz 107-96 at Staples Center on Dec. 30. ... Utah's Jefferson leads NBA centers in field goal attempts and field goals made and ranks second in points per game. ... Entering the game, the Clippers' five straight wins over Utah was their longest winning streak over the Jazz since winning seven straight from 1979 to 1981. ... The Jazz are on pace to shatter the franchise record for 3-pointers in a season, with the most through 55 games (336) in team history. ... Both teams rank in the NBA's top-10 in assists and blocked shots. ... The Clippers' 26-point loss to San Antonio on Feb. 21 tied for their worst loss of the season.
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