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Los Angeles at Utah

Boozer, Williams combine for 66 points as Jazz trip up Clippers

CBSSports.com wire reports
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SALT LAKE CITY -- Down three starters, the Utah Jazz were never worried as Carlos Boozer and Deron Williams were nearly flawless.

Boozer scored 34 and Williams had 32 points to lead the Jazz past the reeling Los Angeles Clippers, 121-101 on Friday night.

"Our team was down a few guys but we were focused, just determined to raise our game a notch," said Boozer.

In their quest for the top spot in the Western Conference, the Jazz duo was nearly unstoppable as Utah finished its five-game homestand with a 4-1 mark and has now won 32 of their last 33 against the Clippers in Salt Lake City.

Mehmet Okur and Ronnie Brewer did not dress for Friday night's game due to the effects of a stomach virus. Andrei Kirilenko was scoreless in nine minutes before leaving with spasms in his right calf. But Williams and Boozer provided all the offensive firepower the Jazz needed and both topped 30 points for the first time in game.

"We had to play a lot of mixed-up lineups and groups in there that don t usually play together. It was a tough situation at times but Deron and Carlos showed the way," Utah coach Jerry Sloan said.

Corey Maggette scored 28 points and Chris Kaman had 16 points in his second game back from a nine-game absence with back spasms. Cuttino Mobley and Al Thornton each had 13 points for the Clippers, who have lost 10 in a row and 18 of their last 20 games.

"Williams and Boozer were pretty spectacular as far as being able to make shots," Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy said. "Williams broke us down off the dribble and made plays while Boozer shot the ball extremely well."

Boozer went 16-of-22 from the floor and grabbed 17 rebounds while Williams made 13 of his 15 attempts and passed for 10 assists. The pair put the game away on the first two possessions of the fourth quarter. First, Williams made a driving three-point play and then dished to Boozer for a layup that extended the lead to 95-71.

"Deron sees so much out there on the floor and knows the game so well as a young player. It's very unusual," Sloan said.

The Jazz struggled to a series of slow starts in recent games, but Utah's stars wouldn't let it happen Friday, even with the unexpected loss of two starters. Williams had 14 points and Boozer added 12 points on a combined 11-of-14 shooting in the opening period.

"The shot felt good tonight. I felt I had to score a little more tonight because we had so many guys out," Williams said.

The Jazz won their third consecutive game in a four-game stretch against teams with losing records as they jostle for playoff position. Kyle Korver scored 18 points and Paul Millsap had 13 for Utah, who outscored their opponents 62-32 in the paint.

The Clippers, who trailed 31-24 after one quarter despite shooting 64 percent, have lost eight consecutive road games by an average of 14 points.

Notes

  • Chris Kaman got a technical foul for shouting at the officials on his way to the bench after picking up two quick fouls in the first quarter.
  • Quinton Ross missed his third straight game with a sore left foot.
  • LDS Church President Thomas S. Monson, 80, stopped on the way to his seat in the third quarter and said a couple words to a surprised Sloan and the team during a timeout.
  • The Clippers signed former Univ. of Arizona standout Marcus Williams from the Austin Toros of the NBADL and released veteran Aaron Williams.
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Carlos Boozer goes 16-for-22 from the field and grabs 17 rebounds to down the Clippers.   (Getty Images)
Carlos Boozer goes 16-for-22 from the field and grabs 17 rebounds to down the Clippers. (Getty Images)

Scoreboard
L.A. Clippers (21-51) 24192830101
Utah (48-25) «31253431121
LAC:C. Maggette 28 Pts
LAC:J. Powell 9 Reb
LAC:C. Kaman 6 Ast
UTA:C. Boozer 34 Pts
UTA:C. Boozer 17 Reb
UTA:D. Williams 10 Ast
Players of the Game
UtahLos Angeles

C. Boozer

C. Maggette
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
341732854
Los Angeles
J. Powell, SF423-52-29138
C. Kaman, C385-96-676416
C. Mobley, SG335-133-342313
C. Maggette, SF336-1316-1954228
B. Knight, PG244-70-01418
A. Thornton, SF275-81-122313
S. Parker, PG242-60-00236
T. Thomas, PF101-20-00012
D. Dickau, PG72-21-11215
N. Fazekas, PF21-10-00002
E. Brand, PFDid Not Play
S. Livingston, PGDid Not Play
Q. Ross, SFDid Not Play
P. Davis, CDid Not Play
M. Williams, SFDid Not Play
Totals 34-6629-32292321101
 51.5%90.6% 
Utah
C. Boozer, PF3716-222-3173234
D. Williams, PG3513-154-4310432
J. Collins, C243-61-27137
C. Miles, SG222-80-01144
A. Kirilenko, SF90-10-20020
P. Millsap, PF354-75-763213
K. Korver, SF295-125-512118
M. Harpring, SF201-50-04332
J. Hart, PG162-42-21026
R. Price, PG132-30-00215
M. Okur, CDid Not Play
R. Brewer, SGDid Not Play
M. Almond, SGDid Not Play
K. Fesenko, CDid Not Play
Totals 48-8319-25402524121
 57.8%76.0% 
Other Games
NJ 115 Final
Ind 123
Pho 107 Final
Phi 93
NY 95 Final
Tor 103
Chi 103 Final
Atl 106
NO 92 Final
Bos 112
Orl 103 Final
Mil 86
Min 84 Final
SA 99
Wash 114 Final
Sac 108
Mem 114 Final
LAL 111
Char 96 Final
Sea 93