NBA Game Summary - Utah at LA Clippers
(Friday, February 22nd)
Final Score: LA Clippers 114, Utah 104
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Al Thornton scored 27 points in 29 minutes off the bench to lead the Los Angeles Clippers in a 114-104 rout of the Utah Jazz.
Corey Maggette added 27 points, including an 11-of-11 performance from the foul line and a 2-of-2 showing from behind the arc. The Clippers have won back-to-back games for the first since the team went 4-0 to start the season. Cuttino Mobley and Chris Kaman each dropped 14, with Kaman adding nine boards.
"We beat a good team tonight," Maggette said. "We've got nothing to lose, we just have to stay loose. We kept the momentum going all game and my teammates put me in a position to score points."
Dan Dickau had 13 points in the victory.
Deron Williams scored 26 points and dished out 10 assists for the Jazz, who lost for only the second time in their last 15 contests. Carlos Boozer chipped in 22 points and 10 rebounds, and Paul Millsap gave 12 points on 5-of-5 shooting to go with eight boards.
The Jazz were up 29-25 after the first stanza, though the Clippers would reclaim the lead, 55-49, by intermission.
Back-to-back treys from Maggette and Tim Thomas sparked an 11-0 LA run. Mobley also contributed a pair of buckets and Thomas closed the streak out with a free throw just prior to the 7 1/2-minute mark, which gave the Clippers a 70-54 advantage.
LA's lead stayed around 16 until a Maggette free throw and a three-point play from Thornton opened up an 86-66 Clippers lead with just under two minutes left in the third.
LA would hold onto its cushion and take a 92-72 lead into the final 12 minutes of play.
The Clippers led by as many as 24, but three straight buckets from Mehmet Okur, Millsap and Williams cut the Jazz's deficit to 101-83 at the 8:43 mark.
LA's lead stayed in double-digit fashion the rest of the way, as the Jazz were unable to get within 10 points and trailed by as many as 22, and the Clippers were never seriously tested and cruised the rest of the way.
"They did a great job," Jazz head coach Jerry Sloan said. "We didn't do a good job of guarding them, they got all the loose balls, they just outplayed us."
Ronnie Brewer had 10 points in the loss...The Jazz were 0-for-13 from three- point range. The Clippers were 4-for-11 from behind the arc...LA hit 38-of-41 (92.7 percent) from the charity stripe. Utah hit 26-of-38 (68.4 percent) from the line.
02/23 01:33:32 ET