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Harpring's 30 help Jazz beat Clips for 15th straight time

11/27/2002

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The older they get, the more help John Stockton and Karl Malone need. They got it Tuesday night from Matt Harpring.

Harpring scored 24 of his career-high 30 points in the second
half, including a tie-breaking layup with 41 seconds left, as the
Utah Jazz beat the Los Angeles Clippers 99-94 Tuesday night.

"Matt made some huge plays throughout the game, but also at the end of the game,'' the 40-year-old Stockton said.

Harpring was 12-for-19 from the field in 36 minutes, including three 3-pointers.

"I was getting open shots,'' Harpring said. "It got to the point where you want the ball every time because you don't think you can miss.''

Stockton was 0-for-4 from the field in the first half and finished 2-for-9 with nine points -- including a driving layup with 2:24 remaining that made him the 38th player in NBA history to reach 19,000 points. Malone, 39, had 17 points and 13 rebounds.

The Jazz extended their winning streak to five games after a 3-7
start, and are above .500 for the first time, although none of the
eight victories has come against a team with a winning record.

Utah has beaten the Clippers 15 straight times since a 103-77
defeat on March 27, 1999 -- which came about 35 miles down the
freeway at the Pond in Anaheim. The last time they beat the Jazz at
Los Angeles was Dec. 30, 1996.

Andre Miller had 21 points and nine assists for the Clippers, who placed Corey Maggette on the injured list Tuesday because of torn cartilage in his knee. Elton Brand added 19 points and 11 rebounds.

Maggette will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his right knee in
the next few days and is expected to be sidelined four-to-six
weeks. Yugoslavian rookie Marko Jaric made his first NBA start in
Maggette's place and had 14 points in 33 minutes.

"We've got who we've got. Injuries are a part of it, and we've got to try to find a way to get somebody else to step up and play to a high level,'' coach Alvin Gentry said. "You approach it the same way you approached it without Lamar (Odom).

The Jazz, who entered with a league-leading 49.2 field goal percentage, went almost 6½ minutes between field goals in the fourth quarter before Stockton ended the drought with his milestone basket, trimming the Clippers' lead to 90-88.

Utah tied the score twice before Harpring made a reverse layup
for a 94-92 lead and added three free throws in the final 16
seconds to put it away.

"He was one of the reasons they went to man defense down they
stretch, because they had some success early against him with
that,'' Malone said. "But he hit some big shots in the third
quarter and they kind of got confused. It was kind of neat to win
one down the stretch like this.''

The Clippers turned a five-point fourth-quarter deficit into an
83-80 lead with a 9-2 spurt, capped by Keyon Dooling's 3-pointer
with 6:34 to play.

Andrei Kirilenko's two free throws tied it for the last time at
84-all before the Clippers reeled off six straight points for a
90-84 lead with 3:39 left. But for the second straight game, Miller
lost credit for a free throw when he went over the line on his
second attempt with 1:10 left and the Clippers leading by two.

Utah trailed by as many as nine late in the first quarter and
narrowed the gap to 41-40 by halftime with a 12-4 run.

Game notes
Maggette's roster spot was filled by first-round draft pick
Melvin Ely, who was placed on the injured list Oct. 28 because of a
sprained left foot and missed the Clippers' first 14 games. Ely,
Fresno State's career scoring leader and WAC player of the year the
past two seasons, did not see action. ... Gentry called league vice
president Stu Jackson regarding the successful free throw Miller
lost with 1:03 left in Sunday's victory over Houston because he
stepped over the line too early. "He thought he didn't feel like
the violation was obvious enough that it should have been called,''
Gentry said. "You're not always wrong when you call back there.''
... Gentry is winless in nine tries against the Jazz since becoming
Clippers coach two seasons ago. The only other team he has not
beaten is New Jersey (0-4), the Clippers' opponent on Thanksgiving
night at Staples Center.