Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series starts 11/26

Game 1: Tuesday, November 26th
Game 2: Wednesday, January 22nd
Game 3: Saturday, March 22nd
Game 4: Tuesday, April 1st

Clippers 96

(16-25, 7-11 away)

Jazz 89


    Coverage: FSRM

    7:00 PM ET, January 22, 2003

    EnergySolutions Arena, Salt Lake City, UT

    1 2 3 4 T
    LAC 23 29 23 2196
    UTAH 19 18 26 2689

    Top Performers

    LAC: E. Brand 24 Pts, 10 Reb, 1 Stl, 2 Blk

    UTAH: M. Harpring 22 Pts, 8 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Clippers win in Utah for first time since '89

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The last time the Clippers beat the Jazz in Utah, Elton Brand was 9 years old, Andre Miller was 13 and the game was played in a building that does not even exist anymore.

    A very long chapter in Clippers history ended Wednesday night when Los Angeles defeated Utah 96-89.

    "That was a big win for us. It was good to get a victory -- finally,'' said Brand, who had 24 points and 10 rebounds.

    The Clippers had lost their previous 26 games in Utah since defeating the Jazz at the old Salt Palace on April 18, 1989. The Clippers had never won at the Delta Center and had lost 15 in a row overall to the Jazz.

    After hitting more than half their shots in the first half and going up by as many as 17, the Clippers were able to thwart several comeback attempts and end their run of misfortune.

    "We're playing real well. Everybody's contributing,'' said Miller, who finished with 16 in his old college town. "If we can do that and play every day, it'd be a different game.''

    Corey Maggette added 13 points, including two free throws with 16.2 seconds left that sealed the win. Los Angeles outrebounded Utah 50-39 to snap the Jazz's four-game winning streak.

    "Everybody knows the trouble we've had winning in this building, so it's a great win for us against a real, real quality team,'' Clippers coach Alvin Gentry said.

    Lamar Odom and Wang Zhizhi each scored 12 and Sean Rooks, starting for injured center Michael Olowokandi, finished with 10 points as the Clippers took advantage of a poor shooting night by Utah.

    The Jazz, who were leading the league in shooting (47 percent) entering the game, struggled from outside, inside and the free-throw line.

    Utah shot just 35-for-87 (40 percent) overall, 2-for-10 from 3-point range and 17-for-24 from the line.

    "Some nights you're a little off. You've just got to move on,'' said Matt Harpring, who had 22 points and eight rebounds. "It's nothing you can dwell on. There's a lot of games in this league.''

    Karl Malone led the Jazz with 23 points and also had eight rebounds. John Stockton scored 14 and Andrei Kirilenko added 12 for the Jazz, who had won seven straight at the Delta Center.

    Utah, which rallied from 16 down to beat Seattle last week, couldn't do it this time after falling behind by 17. The Jazz made several late pushes but never got closer than four points.

    "I don't think we made the plays we needed to make. Simple as that,'' Stockton said.

    Stockton cut the lead to 92-87 on two free throws with 42.9 seconds left, then after Miller went 1-for-2 from the line, Stockton drove the length floor for a layup that got the Jazz to 93-89.

    The Jazz and coach Jerry Sloan were incensed after not getting a call on what they felt was a travel by Maggette after Stockton's layup, but got a break when Brand missed two free throws with 27.6 seconds left. The rebound bounced to Miller, who went 1-for-2 from the line. After the Jazz failed to score, Maggette clinched it with the two final free throws.

    The Jazz hadn't played since winning an overtime thriller Monday night against New Jersey and came out flat, shooting 39 percent in the first half as the Clippers went 20-for-38 and led 52-37 at halftime.

    The Clippers have won two of their last three, beating the Jazz and Sacramento while falling to the Lakers in the final minute to improve to 16-25 on the season.

    "We start turning this thing around before the All-Star break, we'll be excited to come back,'' Brand said.

    Game notes

    Miller, who helped lead the University of Utah to the 1998 NCAA tournament, got a loud ovation when he was introduced with the Clippers starters. ... Miller's former college coach, Rick Majerus, watched the game from the top of the lower deck. ... Odom hit a jumper just before the buzzer at the end of the second quarter. ... Brand had 13 points at halftime despite playing just 5 minutes in the first quarter. ... The crowd got a laugh in the third quarter when the 7-foot-1 Zhizhi nudged 6-foot-3 Utah guard Mark Jackson several times, trying to get him to take a jump ball. Jackson swatted Zhizhi's hand away while shaking his head.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 96 89
    FGM-FGA 33-75 (.440) 35-87 (.402)
    3PM-3PA 4-16 (.250) 2-10 (.200)
    FTM-FTA 26-35 (.743) 17-24 (.708)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 14-50 15-39
    Assists 16 27
    Turnovers 17 9
    Steals 4 9
    Blocks 7 5
    Fast Break Points 4 4
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 19 (1/0) 27 (0/0)

    Top Performers

    Los Angeles
    Elton Brand Brand
    Points: 24
    Reb: 10
    Ast: 0
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 2
    Matt Harpring Harpring
    Points: 22
    Reb: 8
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 1