Regular Season Series (Game 4 of 4)

Series starts 12/14

Game 1: Tuesday, December 14th
Game 2: Wednesday, December 29th
Game 3: Monday, February 28th
Game 4: Tuesday, April 12th

Jazz 85

(24-53, 8-31 away)

Clippers 94

(35-43, 26-14 home)

    Coverage: FSRM

    7:30 PM ET, April 12, 2005

    STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, CA

    1 2 3 4 T
    UTAH 15 18 19 3385
    LAC 27 18 25 2494

    Top Performers

    UTAH: M. Okur 16 Pts, 14 Reb, 3 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

    LAC: E. Brand 25 Pts, 10 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 Stl, 4 Blk

    Rookie Livingston gets first double-double

    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Jim Eyen deflected most of the credit to the players, who made his first game subbing for Los Angeles Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy much easier to direct.

    According to Eyen, the Clippers recorded 42 deflections during Tuesday night's 94-85 victory over the Utah Jazz -- the most in the two seasons that Dunleavy and his staff have been running the club.

    "We set a team record for deflections, which we keep -- and that cranked up our offense because it disrupts the other team's offense," Eyen said.

    Dunleavy was in New York on an indefinite leave of absence due to a medical emergency involving his seriously ill father, who is facing surgery. But he left the team in good hands. Eyen, in his second stint as assistant coach with the Clippers, has also been Dunleavy's assistant with the Lakers, Milwaukee and Portland.

    "It was like playing for the same guy -- with a little less yelling," Elton Brand said with a grin. "They have the same coaching schemes, the same offense and the same defense."

    Brand had 25 points and 10 rebounds for the Clippers, who beat Utah for only the fifth time in the last 27 meetings and salvaged a split of the four-game season series.

    Marko Jaric added 20 points to help fuel the team's 26th home victory, the most since they moved into Staples Center six years ago after 15 seasons at the Sports Arena.

    "Tonight the goal was to play hard because we know every Jerry Sloan team plays hard. And tonight was no different," Eyen said. "We got after them defensively, and it created so many offensive opportunities that everybody got into the flow of the game."

    Forward Bobby Simmons, back in the lineup after missing seven games because of a bruised left shin, was 4-for-17 from the field and finished with nine points. But Shaun Livingston had 15 points and 10 assists, the first double-double in 26 NBA games for the Clippers' injury-plagued rookie point guard.

    "That's a pretty good line -- 10 assists and no turnovers," Eyen said. "When he has the ball in his hands, he just runs the show.

    "His teammates know that if they keep running, he'll get them the ball in an operating position -- in spots that you can catch the ball and be successful. He just has a terrific feel for the game. His game stewardship was evident tonight."

    Clippers leading scorer Corey Maggette, who had 24 points in Saturday' double-overtime loss to San Antonio, did not dress and will sit out the team's four remaining games because of a torn ligament in his left wrist.

    Maggette's final 22.2 scoring average is a career high, bettering last season's average by 1.5 points. He is the first Clipper to average 20 points in consecutive seasons since Danny Manning in 1993-94.

    Matt Harpring had 18 points for the Jazz, who are missing the playoffs for the second straight year. They have lost 16 of their last 20 and are 24-53 in finishing up their first losing season since 1982-83.

    "We just couldn't stop them tonight," Sloan said. "They came out and knocked us around a little bit and got after us early. We got four or five possessions where we did not know what we were doing, and it kind of became a mess."

    The Jazz, using their 33rd starting lineup this season, did not have backup center Curtis Borchardt for the second half because of tendinitis in his right knee. He played less than 4 minutes before leaving the court with 8:53 left in the second quarter.

    The Clippers broke the game open with a 19-6 run, extending a 10-point lead to 68-45 with 2:37 left in the third quarter. The Jazz narrowed the gap to 74-61 on a 19-footer by Gordan Giricek, a three-point play by Randy Livingston and a short jumper by Kris Humphries with 9:35 to play.

    But the Clippers responded with seven straight points in a 1:42 span, including a 3-pointer and a layup by Jaric that restored the 20-point lead with 7:35 left. The Jazz got no closer than eight points.

    Game notes

    The Clippers, who share Staples Center with the Los Angeles Avengers of the Arena Football League, observed a moment of silence for Al Lucas who died of injuries sustained in Sunday's home game. ... Jazz rookie Kirk Snyder, who got into a fight with Dallas forward Jerry Stackhouse in the loading dock of the Mavericks' arena following Utah's 88-81 loss Saturday night, served a one-game league suspension that will cost him $15,800 in salary. ... The Jazz haven't lost a season series to the Clippers since 1985-86, Karl Malone's rookie season. ... Malone, who retired on Feb. 13 as the NBA's second all-time scorer, was among the crowd of 18,697 and joined the Jazz's TV-radio simulcast during the first quarter.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 85 94
    FGM-FGA 33-81 (.407) 38-83 (.458)
    3PM-3PA 3-8 (.375) 2-10 (.200)
    FTM-FTA 16-20 (.800) 16-29 (.552)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 15-48 14-47
    Assists 20 28
    Turnovers 16 14
    Steals 9 10
    Blocks 3 11
    Fast Break Points 4 16
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 23 (0/0) 19 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 1 23

    Top Performers

    Los Angeles
    Mehmet Okur Okur
    Points: 16
    Reb: 14
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 1
    Elton Brand Brand
    Points: 25
    Reb: 10
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 4