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Los Angeles at Utah

Clippers woes in Utah continue with easy Jazz victory

CBSSports.com wire reports
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SALT LAKE CITY -- The Utah Jazz can usually count on winning at home, especially when the Los Angeles Clippers come to town.

The Jazz recovered from a humbling loss the night before by blowing out the Clippers 106-88 on Friday night.

Utah easily beat the Clippers for the ninth straight time in Salt Lake City, taking a 14-point lead by halftime and never letting it get closer than 10.

"We came back and stayed ready and we were focused out there," said Carlos Boozer, who had 19 points and 10 rebounds for Utah.

The Jazz improved to 17-3 at home, but had a woeful first half of the season on the road. A 120-109 loss at Denver on Thursday dropped Utah to 6-15 on the road.

Coach Jerry Sloan was pleased with the turnaround the Jazz made overnight, but perplexed and concerned with the disparity between playing at home and on the road.

"Somewhere there has to be a passion to play this game on the road. If it's a job for you, why do it?," Sloan said. "I know it's corny, but it's really been kind of disheartening to see us play on the road the way we have."

Deron Williams scored 15 and Andrei Kirilenko added 13 points and seven assists for Utah. All five Jazz starters scored in double figures and got to rest for the final few minutes of Utah's ninth straight home win over the Clippers.

The Jazz let a close game slip away in the second half Thursday night at Denver. Back at home Friday, the Jazz never let it get close.

Utah is 23-18 halfway through the season and opens the second half Monday afternoon against the Clippers in Los Angeles.

"I think we still have a long time to play. It's not time to panic or anything, but we've definitely got to (win) on the road," Williams said. "On the road, we just don't have it."

Corey Maggette scored 20 and Chris Kaman had 16 points and 16 rebounds for the Clippers, who are 1-30 in EnergySolutions Arena -- originally known as the Delta Center.

Sam Cassell had 16 points and Tim Thomas scored 11 for the struggling Clippers. Los Angeles, which snapped a four-game losing streak Tuesday against Phoenix, has lost 11 of 13.

The Clippers had 15 turnovers and were outrebounded 43-34.

"We know their stuff pretty well and we let them get easy scores. We were not sharp mentally," coach Mike Dunleavy said. "It was like we didn't even have a shootaround today."

Mehmet Okur and Ronnie Brewer each scored 12 for the Jazz. Since falling to .500 at 16-16 with a loss to the Celtics on Dec. 29, the Jazz have won seven of nine.

The Jazz led 59-45 at halftime, then blew the game open in the third quarter after the Clippers opened with a mini-run. Kaman's dunk with 8:44 left in the third cut the lead to 65-55.

Later in the period, Kirilenko grabbed an offensive rebound under the basket and dunked it to put Utah up 83-65, then made a steal and went in all alone for another dunk that increased the lead to 20. Kaman scored on a putback for the Clippers, then Okur answered with a 3-pointer and Utah's lead was up to 88-67 late in the third quarter.

"We've been playing pretty well and they just came out and played harder than us. And that's surprising because they had a game last night," Kaman said.

The Clippers trimmed it to 88-71 after Brevin Knight was fouled with .1 second left in the third quarter and made two of three free throws and Thomas opened the fourth with a basket, but the Jazz responded with a 10-2 run.

Notes

  • Jazz reserves outscored the Clippers 35-25.
  • Boozer had 12 points and six rebounds -- two more than the Clippers -- in the first quarter.
  • The Clippers have lost five straight on the road.
  • Utah improved to 3-8 on the second night of back-to-back games.
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Carlos Boozer enjoys a typically strong night with 19 points and 10 rebound in the victory.  (Getty Images)
Carlos Boozer enjoys a typically strong night with 19 points and 10 rebound in the victory. (Getty Images)

Scoreboard
L.A. Clippers (11-24) 2322261788
Utah (23-18) «34252918106
LAC:C. Maggette 20 Pts
LAC:C. Kaman 16 Reb
LAC:S. Cassell 6 Ast
UTA:C. Boozer 19 Pts
UTA:C. Boozer 10 Reb
UTA:A. Kirilenko 7 Ast
Players of the Game
UtahLos Angeles

C. Boozer

C. Kaman
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
1910316161
Los Angeles
C. Kaman, C357-92-2161116
T. Thomas, PF344-92-451411
C. Maggette, SF287-146-700020
S. Cassell, PG265-116-616116
Q. Ross, SF110-10-01110
C. Mobley, SG352-61-22515
A. Thornton, SF233-80-04137
J. Powell, SF220-30-04120
B. Knight, PG164-62-312310
D. Dickau, PG61-40-00112
G. Diaz, SG30-11-20001
A. Williams, CDid Not Play
E. Brand, PFDid Not Play
S. Livingston, PGDid Not Play
P. Davis, CDid Not Play
Totals 33-7220-2634191788
 45.8%76.9% 
Utah
M. Okur, C325-90-042112
A. Kirilenko, SF265-73-657313
C. Boozer, PF269-121-1103219
R. Brewer, SG245-92-232012
D. Williams, PG205-85-536415
J. Hart, PG243-74-423110
K. Korver, SF242-80-04124
P. Millsap, PF223-80-09026
M. Harpring, SF204-103-323111
J. Collins, C141-10-00132
C. Miles, SG40-20-01000
R. Price, PG31-20-00002
M. Almond, SGDid Not Play
K. Fesenko, CDid Not Play
Totals 43-8318-21432819106
 51.8%85.7% 
Other Games
Port 98 Final
Mia 91
NY 98 Final
Wash 111
Atl 78 Final
Tor 89
Phi 89 Final
Bos 116
Char 84 Final
NO 112
Sac 100 Final
Det 93
Sea 100 Final
Mem 124
Min 95 Final
Pho 115
GS 119 Final
Chi 111