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A lot of things have changed for the Los Angeles Clippers this season, unfortunately for them, winning in the Delta Center hasnít. The Clippers dropped their 32nd of 33 meetings between them and the Utah Jazz in a 105-103 game. Elton Brand lead the Clippers with 31 points, and Vladimir Radmanovic added 17. The Jazz were lead by Mehmet Okur with 29, and 16 off the bench from Devin Brown.

The Jazz got off to a quick start behind Jarron Collins who put back a missed Palacio jumper during the first play of the game. Collins later finished that up with an easy dunk, after Andrei Kirilenko stole the ball and passed it to Deron Williams. Collins would score six first quarter points, and finish the game with 12 points and 7 boards.

The Clippers were lead by their all-star Elton Brand in the first quarter. Brand would be able to get easy lay-ups all night as Utahís interior defense struggled to contain him Brand would finish with 10 in the quarter, but turn overs and easy points for Utah put the Clippers down 27-18.

The Jazz started off the second quarter the same way they ended the first quarter, by getting easy baskets. The Jazz had two steals that lead to break away dunks, one for Kirilenko the other for Devin Brown. Brown would score 13 points in the quarter as the Jazz would build up a lead as big as 14.

The Clippers would try to answer with Corey Maggette. Maggette, who was playing his first game since December 5th, would give the Clippers a spark off the bench. The Clippers would eventually cut the Jazz lead down as far as five, but turn overs lead to more easy baskets for the Jazz, and Utah took a 10 point, 53-43, lead into the half.

The Jazz would once again start off hot in the second half, Okur, and Palacio would give the Jazz more easy points as the Jazz built up another 14 point lead.

The Clippers however would cut into the lead, the Clippers main weapon of attack was the three point line. The Clippers made 9 of 22 threes, Vladimir Radmanovic would go 4 from 5 from beyond the arc.

The Jazz would once again build a double figure cushion, behind Deron Williams, and Carlos Boozer. Boozer would have another double-double for the Jazz with 11 points and 10 boards. But a few careless turnovers by the Jazz at the end of the quarter allowed the Clippers to cut the lead to just 8 points going into the fourth.

The start of the fourth quarter once again saw the Jazz build up a double figure lead. The Jazz however were not able to maintain their lead. The Jazz committed 3 of their 6 turnovers during the fourth, including two offensive fouls, and a over and back penalty. The Jazz however easily won the turnover battle, only committing 6, while the Clippers committed 14. The Jazz also scored 18 points off turnovers to the Clippers 6.

The Jazz lead by 10 with about five minutes to go before the Clippers began to slowly chip away at the lead. Elton Brand would get 3 easy nearly uncontested lay-ups, and Cuttino Mobley would hit a three to cut the Jazz lead to 5.

The Jazz went to Mehmet Okur down the stretch. Okur who is the teams leading scorer would hit 4 free throws, a jumper, and with less then a minute to go a big three pointer which put the Jazz up by four.

The Clippers went to Brand on the ensuing possession, who got yet another lay up. Then after a Devin Brown missed lay up, it was once again Brand who tied the score.

The Jazz would score once more with 11 second left. The Clippers had a chance to win, but Deron Williams fouled Sam Cassell, who hit two free throws to tie the game.

The Jazz would come right back at the Clippers, and Williams would bank a floater to give the Jazz the 105-103 win.

Notes:

  • The Jazz scored 105 points two nights after only scoring 89 in a loss to Charlotte at the Delta Center.
  • The Clippers previous game saw them hold the New Orleans Hornets to an NBA record low, 16 points in the second half.

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    Written By:
    Bran Faurschou