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Keystone Clips shoot just 26.3 percent

3/23/2003

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The Los Angeles Clippers couldn't shoot
straight, and even when they did Andrei Kirilenko was there to block it.

Kirilenko had 17 points and six blocked shots as the Utah Jazz held the Clippers to the lowest field goal percentage in franchise history in an 88-73 victory Saturday night.

Even though the Clippers shot 10-of-21 in the fourth quarter during garbage time, they finished 21-of-80 overall -- 26.3 percent. The previous franchise low was 26.8 percent against Houston on Feb. 28, 2000.

"We played pretty good defense. We made sure they didn't get
too many easy shots,'' Kirilenko said.

The Clippers missed even the easy ones.

"They rely on a lot of pick-and-rolls and one-on-ones and we
did an excellent job of attacking that and disrupting them. Then
they just took quick shots,'' said Calbert Cheaney, who had 11
points for Utah.

Matt Harpring scored 14 points and grabbed 10 rebounds while
Karl Malone added 13 points as the Jazz won their third in a row.

"There was no rhythm in this game. The key is that we didn't
let them get going and make a comeback,'' Harpring said.

Corey Maggette led Los Angeles with 13 points while Wang ZhiZhi
followed his career-high 21 points on Wednesday with 12 points in
his first start at center.

In the last meeting between the teams, the Clippers ended a
26-game losing streak in Utah that dated to April 18, 1989. The
Jazz made certain it wouldn't happen again by leading the entire
way and pushing their lead to as high as 31 points.

"There were spells where we did what we needed to to get the
30-point lead. We took advantage of the situation,'' John Stockton
said of his team's 58-28 advantage when he sat for good with 6:24
left in the third quarter.

Stockton played only 22 minutes but still collected 12 assists
and nine points.

The Clippers looked disinterested and played selfishly. Los
Angeles had only three assists in the first three quarters and
finished with 10.

"That was just a bad game. I would have been (upset) if the
game had been closer and we played like that,'' Clippers coach
Dennis Johnson said.

With the win, Utah moved past the Los Angeles Lakers by one-half
game for sixth place in the Western Conference.

"We want to move up in the playoff race and the only way to do
that is win ballgames. When we execute like that we can be a pretty
good team,'' Stockton said.

Meanwhile, the Clippers have rarely looked worse.

"I'm trying to teach them as much as I can but I still haven't
had practice time yet. But I will not let them play bad. I will not
let them quit,'' Johnson said.

Game notes
With an injured list that includes starters Michael
Olowokandi and Elton Brand, Clippers players have missed 247 games
due to injury -- the most ever for the club. ... Dennis Johnson fell
to 3-8 since taking over for Alvin Gentry as L.A.'s head coach. ...
Matt Harpring took a hard shot to his bruised ribs in the third
quarter but continued play, wincing.